Who Was Adam?: A Creation Model Approach to the Origins of Man

Who Was Adam?: A Creation Model Approach to the Origins of Man

by Fazale Rana, Hugh Ross (With)
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Guest More than 1 year ago
For those of us Christians who are interested in the question of human origins, this book is a real help. As the president and professor of New Testament and theology in a seminary for future ministers and teachers, I often am asked how we can reconcile the Bible¿s statements about the creation of Adam and Eve with the findings of modern science. And how does the universal flood fit in, along with the historic occupation of the various continents by human beings? Most people have the impression that the two accounts¿the Bible¿s and that provided by physical and historical anthropology¿are contradictory. They assume that the Bible is mythological at this point, intended to teach only spiritual truths. Who Was Adam? is a high quality work that presents a convincing case for what is called the RTB (Reasons to Believe) model. This model assumes that the Bible, interpreted consistently in all the relevant passages, is historically accurate, and that Adam and Eve were two humans created directly by God about 50,000-100,000 years ago. It also assumes the reliability of modern scientific investigations and conclusions, subject to correction by future discoveries. It concludes that the RTB model agrees with these two sources of information. In so doing, it favors the modern Out-of-Africa theory, that all humans descend from a small population in one location in the Middle East or eastern Africa. It further offers specific predictions for future research which can falsify or modify the model. This approach is unique in the modern theology-science debate and discussion. In several chapters Rana and Ross summarize the latest findings in paleoanthropology, including the rapidly developing field of genetic history. Rana¿s specialization in molecular biology is especially evident in these chapters. Special attention is given to the appearance of bipedalism and increased brain size, and a lengthy chapter demonstrates that Neanderthals were not human. This book is a convenient collection of information from all the important scientific disciplines as they relate to the origin of humans. It is amply footnoted, with more than enough references to current original scientific papers and books written by leaders in the field. I have few criticisms. A glossary would be helpful. While Rana and Ross explain the technical terms and abbreviations at their first usage, it is hard to find that definition when it reappears later. I also would like to see a more complete treatment of the arguments used by their opponents to suggest human characteristics in hominids, as the use of fire and simple tools, and how these may be based on communicating and learning from each other. There is a typo at footnote 20 of chapter 1. As a non-scientist, I found the book particularly helpful in making the complicated array of ancient hominids understandable, and in offering a sensible and realistic way to understand the Bible¿s perspective on the origin of human beings. I highly recommend this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is fascinating work on the parts of Drs. Rana and Ross. The origin of humanity debate has long needed this scientifically testable creation model. The book lays out the model, as well as the scriptural setting behind it. Citing hundreds of journal articles they show how the latest research supports their model. As dutiful scientists, they make specific and often bold predictions concerning the findings of future research into the hominid fossil record, ¿junk¿ DNA, and more. As a sophomore biochemistry student at Case Western Reserve University, I will be eagerly watching to see how their predictions pan out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Adam and Eve were mythological figures-right? After all, hasn¿t science proven that evolution is a fact? Many people assume this premise -but wait¿here comes a book that challenges the evolutionary paradigm: ¿Who Was Adam?¿ This book compares two models that attempt to explain human origins: the evolutionary model and the RTB creation model. Both views are put to the test for scientific viability. The authors compare King David and Darwin¿s view of the significance of humanity examine hominid fossil record and current evolutionary models that explain humanities origin. They present the testable RTB model for humanity`s origin, analyze the most up-to-date research in the areas of genetics, archeology, paleontology and timing of humanity¿s appearance from an astronomical view. Long life spans noted in the book of Genesis are addressed and recent genetic evidence from human populations that map humanity¿s spread through the Middle East is examined. Geological and archeological research indicating the timing of human migration throughout the world is investigated as well. Whether human evolution is fact, origins of bipedalism and humanity¿s large brain size is discussed. Homo erectus, Neanderthals, genetic differences and similarities between chimps and humans that fit within the RTB model are gone over in detail. A response is given to what many consider the greatest challenge to biblical creation-junk DNA. Although this book was very knowledge intensive, I found it to be readable and interesting. A glossary of terms listed in the back of this book (as was in the last book this team produced, `Origins of Life¿) would have been helpful. Everything in consideration, I would highly recommend the purchase of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
There are many today who would reject a book of this nature as being ¿science ¿ however, the back of the book endorsement of Dr. Ross and Dr. Rana¿s last two book projects by Nobel Prize winning chemist Richard Smalley leaves no room for doubt as to the scientific meritorious nature of these two men¿s writings. Similarly, endorsements by Jack Hayford, Norm Geisler, Walt Keiser and other leading Christian writers assures the Christian reader that they are getting an book that they will find compatible with Christian teachings. Reading this book provided a unique look at the issue of humanities origin. Rana and Ross address the issue head on, dealing with the relevant scientific evidence on its own terms rather than trying to ¿explain it away.¿ The ultimate conclusion is that an honest analysis of the data demonstrates an amazing harmony between the historical record and the teachings of Scripture. One thing that did seem to be out of place was the chapter entitled ¿The Best Possible Time.¿ The material in this chapter, as excellent as it was, did not seem to fit in well with the rest of the book and would have perhaps been better as an appendix. Another feature of the book, which makes it very accessible to the reader with a limited science background, is that the chapters that by necessity include information that might be difficult for many lay readers to follow are ¿bottom lined¿ at the end of each section. Additionally, side boxes explain important concepts and data in an easy to follow manner that most average readers would find quite understandable. In conclusion, this book overall does an excellent job of providing a detailed analysis of the pertinent scientific information, showing how and why it harmonizes with a Biblically based model, and doing so in a manner that is easily accessible manner that most readers would find quite enjoyable.