The Genealogical Adam and Eve
Evolutionary science teaches that humans arose as a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve, a couple specially created by God. These...
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Evolutionary science teaches that humans arose as a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve, a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so? In the fractured conversation of human origins, can new insight guide us to solid ground in both science and theology? In The Genealogical Adam and Eve, S. Joshua Swamidass tests a scientific hypothesis: What if the traditional account is somehow true, with the origins of Adam and Eve taking place alongside evolution? Building on well-established but overlooked science, Swamidass explains how it's possible for Adam and Eve to be rightly identified as the ancestors of everyone. His analysis opens up new possibilities for understanding Adam and Eve, consistent both with current scientific consensus and with traditional readings of Scripture. These new possibilities open a conversation about what it means to be human. In this book, Swamidass
untangles several misunderstandings about the words human and ancestry, in both science and theology
explains how genetic and genealogical ancestry are different, and how universal genealogical ancestry creates a new opportunity for rapprochement
explores implications of genealogical ancestry for the theology of the image of God, the fall, and people "outside the garden"
Some think Adam and Eve are a myth. Some think evolution is a myth. Either way, the best available science opens up space to engage larger questions together. In this bold exploration, Swamidass charts a new way forward for peace between mainstream science and the Christian faith.
- Evolutionary Science Teaches That Humans Arose As A Population, Sharing Common Ancestors With Other Animals. Most Readers Of The Book Of Genesis In The Past Understood All Humans Descended From Adam And Eve, A Couple Specially Created By God. These Two Teachings Seem Contradictory, But Is That Necessarily So? In The Fractured Conversation Of Human Origins, Can New Insight Guide Us To Solid Ground In Both Science And Theology? <strong>in <em>the Genealogical Adam And Eve</em>, S. Joshua Swamidass Tests A Scientific Hypothesis: What If The Traditional Account Is Somehow True, With The Origins Of Adam And Eve Taking Place <em>alongside</em> Evolution?</strong> Building On Well-established But Overlooked Science, Swamidass Explains How It's Possible For Adam And Eve To Be Rightly Identified As The Ancestors Of Everyone. His Analysis Opens Up New Possibilities For Understanding Adam And Eve, Consistent Both With Current Scientific Consensus And With Traditional Readings Of Scripture. These New Possibilities Open A Conversation About What It Means To Be Human. In This Book, Swamidass <ul> <li>untangles Several Misunderstandings About The Words <em>human</em> And <em>ancestry</em>, In Both Science And Theology</li> <li>explains How <em>genetic</em> And <em>genealogical</em> Ancestry Are Different, And How Universal <em>genealogical</em> Ancestry Creates A New Opportunity For Rapprochement</li> <li>explores Implications Of <em>genealogical</em> Ancestry For The Theology Of The Image Of God, The Fall, And People "outside The Garden"</li> </ul> Some Think Adam And Eve Are A Myth. Some Think Evolution Is A Myth. Either Way, The Best Available Science Opens Up Space To Engage Larger Questions Together. In This Bold Exploration, Swamidass Charts A New Way Forward For Peace Between Mainstream Science And The Christian Faith.
- <strong>part 1: Fracture</strong>
- 1. Courage, Curiosity, Empathy
- <strong>part 2: Ancestor</strong>
- 2. A Genealogical Hypothesis
- 3. Genetics Is Not Genealogy
- 4. Ancestors Of Everyone Today
- 5. Genealogical Adams And Eves
- 6. The Mythology Of Isolation
- 7. Direct And Miraculous Creation
- <strong>part 3: Human</strong>
- 8. Humans In Science
- 9. Humans In Theology
- 10. The Error Of Polygenesis
- 11. Humans Of The Text
- <strong>part 4: Mystery</strong>
- 12. The Splintering Of Traditions
- 13. Recovering Many Traditions Together
- 14. A Narrative Experiment
- 15. Falling Into Exile
- 16. Justice, Mercy, And Ancestry
- 17. Ending At A Beginning
- <strong>part 5: Crossroad</strong>
- 18. Tolerance, Humility, Patience
- Appendix: Evidence And The Resurrection
- General Index
- Scripture Index