BIBLE and INTERPRETATION
THE EVOLUTION OF ADAM What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins, 10th anniversary edition Peter Enns
Can Christianity and evolution coexist? Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the fall of Adam. But an evolutionary view of human origins doesn’t allow for a literal Adam, making evolution seemingly incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who both accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this can present a faith-shaking tension. Old Testament scholar Peter Enns offers a way forward by explaining how this tension is caused not by the discoveries of science but by false expectations about the biblical texts. This tenth anniversary edition updates readers on developments in the historical Adam debate, helping them reconcile Genesis and Paul with current views on evolution and human origins. It includes a foreword on the need for a new edition an afterword that explains Enns’s own theological evolution since the first edition released.
Winner of a Book of the Year Award, Foreword Magazine
PETER ENNS (PhD, Harvard University) is the Abram S. Clemens Professor of Biblical Studies at Eastern University. He cohosts the popular podcast The Bible for Normal People (seven million downloads over four years) and is the author of How the Bible Actually Works , The Bible Tells Me So , The Sin of Certainty , and Inspiration and Incarnation .
OCTOBER 2021 • 272 pp. • paper • $18.99 • 9781587435201
“A sure-footed and engaging look at what the Bible says—and does not say—about the first man. Enns, one of America’s most important Old Testament scholars, provides a masterful and accessible survey of the relevant biblical scholarship from the past couple of centuries. I highly recommend this book.” —KARL GIBERSON, author of Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution
“Enns revisits the evolution-creation debate, not to prove science or Scripture right or wrong or to find some unsat- isfying coexistence between contrary thoughts but to read Scripture while seriously considering what evolution can contribute to the discussion. Such an approach can lead Christians to a new synthesis that frames Genesis and Paul in new ways.” —MIGUEL A. DE LA TORRE, Iliff School of Theology “Thoughtful, accessible, and timely. Enns facilitates a conversation between historically traditional approaches to reading the Scriptures and scientific understandings of the world, the cosmos, and the human species. His nine theses provide a concise, comprehensible approach to what can be a difficult conversation.”
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—WIL GAFNEY, Brite Divinity School
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