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Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 1

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person

Denis Alexander begins this five part series by discussing both what a model is and whether it is appropriate to use one when building a bridge between scientific truths and theological truths. Providing evolutionary facts about the origins of humans as well as discussing the origin and meaning of Adam in Genesis, he constructs what he calls a Retelling model and a Homo divinus model. Both approaches, he concludes, “suggest that human evolution per se is irrelevant to the theological understanding of humankind made in the image of God.”
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 1

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 1

How should we go about the task of relating theological truths to current scientific theories?
December 16, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
45
 
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 2

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 2

Humans have religion, chimps do not. At some stage humanity began to know the one true God of the scriptures. How and when did that happen?
December 22, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
43
 
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 3

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 3

The Retelling Model suggests that as anatomically modern humans evolved in Africa, there was a gradual growing awareness of God’s presence and calling upon their lives to which they responded in obedience and worship.
December 28, 2010 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
78
 
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 4

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 4

In the Homo divinus model, God in his grace chose a couple of Neolithic farmers in the Near East, or maybe a community of farmers, to whom he chose to reveal himself in a special way, calling them into fellowship with himself.
January 03, 2011 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
39
 
Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 5

Genetics, Theology, and Adam as a Historical Person, Part 5

The Homo divinus model takes very seriously the Biblical idea that Adam and Eve were historical figures. It also sees the Fall as an historical event involving the disobedience of Adam and Eve to God’s express commands.
January 13, 2011 
Denis Alexander 
Human Origins 
35