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Interpreting Adam: Introduction

Interpreting Adam

A few months ago Zondervan published the anthology Four Views on the Historical Adam. This valuable new resource addresses one of the most common questions Christians have about evolution: how does the Adam of the Bible fit with the scientific and historical evidence about early humans?
Interpreting Adam: Introduction

Interpreting Adam: Introduction

Four Views on the Historical Adam shows that evangelical Christians are far from agreeing on the particulars of Adam and Eve. But this book also makes clear that there is strong agreement among evangelical Christians on the fundamentals of the Christian faith. We agree that all Scripture is inspired by God and authoritative, even while disagreeing on the interpretation of some passages.
April 07, 2014 
Deborah Haarsma 
Biblical Interpretation, Christ & New Creation, Human Origins 
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Interpreting Adam: An Interview with John Walton

Interpreting Adam: An Interview with John Walton

Scientific discovery and information can prompt us to re-examine what we have believed to be biblical claims to consider whether we have read the text in the best way. Just as scientific observation is subject to constant reinterpretation, so biblical interpretation is subject to reconsideration as we might discover ways in which we have not been sensitive enough to what the Bible is saying.
April 08, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Featuring John Walton
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Biblical Interpretation, Human Origins 
 
Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Jack Collins, Part 1

Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Jack Collins, Part 1

I think it’s proper to entertain some leeway on just what it means that Adam and Eve were “at the headwaters” of humankind, and just how long ago that was. Nevertheless, the persons of Adam and Eve do play a BIG role in the rest of the Biblical Story — and this, not so much as individuals who lived, but as actors whose disobedience affected everyone else, which thus led to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
April 14, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Featuring C. John Collins
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Biblical Interpretation, Human Origins 
 
Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Jack Collins, Part 2

Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Jack Collins, Part 2

The best way to think of Adam and Eve is as characters in the true Big Story of the world — and we want to have a handle on this Big Story in order to make sense of our lives. We have to account for humankind as one family, with common faculties, aspirations, and needs; this implies a common and special origin.
April 15, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Featuring C. John Collins
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Biblical Interpretation, Human Origins 
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Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Denis Lamoureux, Part 1

Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Denis Lamoureux, Part 1

The central problem that Christians have with evolution involves Scripture. All the anti-evolutionary arguments we hear in churches today are a symptom of a deeper problem: the assumption that God revealed scientific facts to the biblical writers thousands of years before their discovery by modern scientists.
April 22, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Featuring Denis Lamoureux
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Biblical Interpretation, Human Origins 
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Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Denis Lamoureux, Part 2

Interpreting Adam: An Interview with Denis Lamoureux, Part 2

I suspect it will take a generation for us to come to terms with biological evolution, in particular human evolution. If there is one thing we can learn from the history of science it is that the church is always cautious in embracing new scientific ideas, but in the end she is able to accommodate them into her theology, without any loss or damage to the inerrant spiritual truths of the Bible.
April 23, 2014 
Jim Stump 
Featuring Denis Lamoureux
Adam, the Fall, and Sin, Biblical Interpretation, Human Origins 
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