When Did Sin Begin?: Human Evolution and the Doctrine of Original Sin

When Did Sin Begin?: Human Evolution and the Doctrine of Original Sin

by Loren Haarsma


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The question of the "historical Adam" is a flashpoint for many evangelical readers and churches. Science-and-theology scholar Loren Haarsma—who has studied, written, and spoken on science and faith for decades—shows it is possible both to affirm what science tells us about human evolution and to maintain belief in the doctrine of original sin. Haarsma argues that there are several possible ways of harmonizing evolution and original sin, taking seriously both Scripture and science. He presents a range of approaches without privileging one over the others, examining the strengths and challenges of each.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781540963680
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/17/2021
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Loren Haarsma (PhD, Harvard University) is associate professor of physics at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a fellow of the American Scientific Affiliation, a member of the BioLogos Voices network of scholars, and has studied, written, and spoken on topics at the intersection of science and faith for nearly forty years.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Theology and Science in Harmony and Counterpoint
1. Scripture, Science, and the Holy Spirit
2. Creation, Evolution, and Divine Action
3. Suffering and Death before Humans
4. Human Evolution
5. The Soul, the Imago Dei, and Special Divine Action
6. Adam and Eve in Scripture
7. The Doctrine of Original Sin through Church History
8. What Is Sin?
9. What Changed When Sin Began?
10. Whose Fault Is It?
11. Difficult Questions for Each Type of Scenario
Conclusion: God's Answer Is Still Christ

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