Evolution of Adam Blog Tour: Day Two

Joy Bennett posted her review in a post titled “‘The Evolution of Adam’: In Which Science and Faith Are Allies, Not Enemies.” She concludes:

You may or may not agree with Dr. Enns’s theories regarding Adam, Israel, the Pentateuch, and Paul’s letters. However, whether you identify yourself as a young-earth creationsit, an old-earth creationist, or a theistic evolutionist, you will find this book has great value as you seek to better understand the people who wrote/received/heard the sacred Scripture – how they viewed the world and themselves and how they interacted with sacred Scripture, particularly as contrasted with how we do. (emphasis hers)

Joy currently blogs at “Joy in this Journey”.

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Gregory Smith has posted his first blog entry for the tour. He writes:

I recognize that “The Evolution of Adam” will be controversial in certain theological control centers of orthodox Protestantism.  Detractors will argue that the gospel is at stake. However, as a scientist and Christian I respond very positively to Enns’ contribution to the creation-evolution dialogue.  Enns’ writing style is engaging, clear and direct, yet humble and pastoral.  As far as I am concerned, Enns’ contribution is timely precisely because the gospel is at stake: we cannot effectively share Christ while denying what has become incontestable: a long history of life on earth, common ancestry, and descent with modification.

Dr. Gregory Smith is Associate Professor, Department of Applied Science at The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

He currently blogs at “Jesus Loves Darwin”.

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James McGrath posted his second blog entry for the tour. He writes:

The first chapter in Paul Enns’ book Evolution of Adam, The: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins focuses on the evidence and approaches that emerged in the 19th century, which forced Christians to reconsider their assumptions about Genesis. [...]

This information is important because it highlights that challenges to certain ideas about the nature and character of Genesis and of Adam result from study of the Bible, and from discovery of ancient texts, quite apart from any considerations raised by the natural sciences.

James McGrath currently blogs at “Exploring Our Matrix”.