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Posted May 5, 2012
This is an easily read book intended for the "layman." It is very helpful in explaining a more reasonable and appropriate approach to the early chapters of Genesis. It is also very helpful in trying to understand Paul's understanding and approach to Adam.
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Posted May 7, 2013
The Bible is replete with parables, metaphors, and symbolic language. It should be no surprise to us (and it is certainly no cause for alarm) that the creation stories were not intended to be taken literally. The use of mythology implies neither a misunderstanding of reality nor an attempt to deceive. It was simply a literary device intended to convey important (but in some regards complex, particularly for ancient populations) concepts regarding God's sovereignty and humankind's relationship to Him and His creation.
Now, with the skill and depth of knowledge afforded a world-renowned Bible scholar, Dr. Peter Enns has courageously and convincingly explained why we need not understand the Bible's creation stories to be a literal history of events for them to be valid and important. Indeed, the creation stories, along with the entire book of Genesis, establish the foundation for all that follows in the Bible. Dr. Enns provides a detailed account of the historical context within which these essential Scriptures were recorded and how they, through the work of the Apostle Paul, affect the very foundational principles of Christianity.
For anyone wishing to better understand the history, the literary character, and ultimately the relevance of Biblical Scripture to Christianity and to the entire world, Dr. Peter Enns' The Evolution of Adam is a must read.
--author of Exploring Faith and Reason: The Reconciliation of Christianity and Biological Evolution
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Posted May 2, 2013
What does the Bible say, or not say, about human origins? That depends on the hermenutic used in reading the Bible. To understand that the Bible was written by ancient people with ancient thoughts teaches us that theology is in many ways provisional: our understanding of God evolves over time. If we fail to understand that, we will interpret the Bible in a manner that serves to accommodate our beliefs, rather than ask how the Bible can address today's world. The idea of Adam evolved in the Bible, and so must the way we "read" the Bible.
This book is a worthwhile read.