The Evolution of Adam

it’s unavoidable and biblical to move beyond the Bible—a quick word about evolution and the Bible

Posted by PeteEnns on January 11, 2017 in Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 22 Comments

Speaking of evolution and Christian faith . . . Much of the confusion, hand-wringing, angst, and raised hackles comes from failing to ask of ourselves a simple question: what do we have the right to expect from the biblical origins texts, namely the story of Adam? I argue in The Evolution of Adam that, far from “attacking” the Bible, information from

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11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the “historical Adam” (reprise)

Posted by PeteEnns on June 15, 2016 in Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 85 Comments

I began getting seriously involved in the Christianity/evolution “controversy” in 2009, which led to my 2012 book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. At that time and since the debate in the evangelical world over the historical Adam continues in an entirely predictable manner: the theological needs of

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“If I may end on a more personal note. . . “ (on evolution and Christian faith)

Posted by PeteEnns on October 26, 2015 in Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 34 Comments

Last Friday I gave the Religion and Civil Society lecture at the annual meeting of the Institute for the Study of Christianity and Culture at Michigan State University on “Reconciling Human Origins and Religious Faith: Thoughts from a Christian Evolutionist.” (Go Wolverines . . . uh, I mean Spartans.) Many thanks to Malcolm D. Magee (director

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How to become absolutely brilliant and annoying to your Christian friends for only $2.99

Posted by PeteEnns on August 17, 2015 in announcements The Evolution of Adam 29 Comments

This week, from 8/17 to 8/23, Baker is running an eBook special on The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Says and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. For $2.99. Well? Why you’re still staring at this screen rather than click-clicking on the link above? Seriously, do I have to draw you a map or something? Seriously,

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best book on evolution and faith I’ve read in years (or, constructing a cathedral in your mind)

Posted by PeteEnns on July 27, 2015 in book notes and reviews Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 33 Comments

I bet you thought I was going to talk about my book The Evolution of Adam. Fooled you. ******** I’ve been around this block for a few years now. Generally speaking, the debate over the compatibility of evolution and Christianity, especially among evangelicals, lacks the input of scientists who not only practice their discipline but who have

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The Historical Adam: It’s Time to Stop Hiding Under a Theological Security Blanket

Posted by PeteEnns on June 30, 2015 in Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 111 Comments

Over at Books and Culture, I have been participating in a roundtable discussion concerning the historical Adam. The occasion is the launch of Karl Giberson’s latest book Saving the Original Sinner: How Christians Have Used the Bible’s First Man to Oppress, Inspire, and Make Sense of the World.  Taking part in the discussion are 7

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11 recurring mistakes in the debate over the “historical Adam.”

Posted by PeteEnns on May 11, 2015 in Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 334 Comments

I began getting seriously involved in the Christianity/evolution “controversy” in 2009, which led to my 2012 book The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins. The debate over the historical Adam continues in an entirely predictable manner: the theological needs of the evangelical system lead to patterns of responses

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What I think about NOMA (not the ex-Red Sox shortstop but the evolution thing)

Posted by PeteEnns on April 13, 2015 in Bible and science Christianity and evolution The Evolution of Adam 84 Comments

So, I’ve been thinking of NOMA this past week. Probably because the Yankees have been hitting like a high school team (until last night, let’s hope it lasts) and I need to take my mind somewhere else. And so my mind wound up at NOMA. NOMA is part of the lingo of the science/religion discussion

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one big reason why so many young people are giving up on the Bible–and their faith

Posted by PeteEnns on March 18, 2015 in Evangelicalism Inspiration and Incarnation nature of the Bible The Bible Tells Me So The Evolution of Adam 258 Comments

This one comes from the heart. I’m speaking from my experience here–no polls or surveys, though I know what I say here lines up with those I’ve seen over the years. As is well known, the trend among young people raised in conservative churches is to leave their Bible, and often their faith, behind. In my

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