Evolution of Adam Blog Tour: Day Five

Kurt Willems posted his entry to the blog tour: “Evolving With Enns: Reflections on ‘The Evolution of Adam'”. He concludes:

“In my estimation, The Evolution of Adam, offers the most significant working view of how to carefully, pastorally, and honorably interpret the early chapters of Genesis and their workings out by Paul, in light of evolution.  His reading does nothing to defend biological evolution, but uses the questions raised by science as an opportunity to refine our understandings of God’s inspired Word. I invite you to read Pete’s prolific book and to decide for yourself if you will also, evolve with Enns.” (emphasis his)

Kurt Willems is writer and pastor who is currently working towards a Master of Divinity degree at Fresno Pacific Biblical Seminary.

Kurt blogs at “The Pangea Blog”.

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Gregory Smith posted his second and third blog entries for the tour. He writes in his third post:

“When I began reading “The Evolution of Adam” I was already convinced of the “essentially self-evident” point that Genesis 1 and the flood story in chapters 6–9 do not record history “in any normally accepted sense of the word today,” and was comfortable with the idea that Genesis “reflects its ancient Near Eastern setting and should be read that way” (p. 50).  For me, understanding Genesis as an ancient story of Israelite self-definition – through comparison to other ancient stories made by biblical theologians – is part and parcel of gleaning the take-home theological messages of this part of God’s Word.”

Gregory Smith currently blogs at “Jesus Loves Darwin”.

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Nate Claiborne posted his review of The Evolution of Adam. He writes:

“While I hope that The Evolution of Adam is not merely dismissed by more conservative scholars who will disagree like I have, I imagine many of them will similarly find his conclusions unsatisfactory. I probably will revisit this with a future post unpacking more of why I didn’t think he gives the best explanation of reading Paul, but to do so, I need to do a bit more research on Paul, and thankfully, that’s on the docket for this summer.”

Nate currently blogs at NathanielClaiborne.com.