The Weekly Hit List: March 15, 2013

The Evolution of AdamThe Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns is a finalist in the Religion category of the 2012 ForeWord Reviews Book of the Year Awards.

Traditional Christian teaching presents Jesus as reversing the effects of the fall of Adam. However, an evolutionary view of beginnings doesn’t allow for a historical Adam, making evolution seem incompatible with what Genesis and the apostle Paul say about him. For Christians who accept evolution and want to take the Bible seriously, this presents a tension that endangers faith.

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. Focusing on key biblical passages in the discussion, Enns demonstrates that the author of Genesis and the apostle Paul wrote to ask and answer ancient questions for ancient people; the fact that they both speak of Adam does not determine whether Christians can accept evolution.

This thought-provoking book reconciles the teachings of the Bible with the widely held evolutionary view of beginnings and will appeal to anyone interested in the Christianity-evolution debate, including college and seminary students in science and religion courses.

To see the full list of finalists, click here.


Quick Hits:

On God’s Side by Jim Wallis was included in “Religion Titles for Spring 2013” in the March 4, 2013, issue of Publishers Weekly.

The Evolution of Adam by Peter Enns was referenced by David B. Garner.

Of Games and God by Kevin Schut was reviewed by Shane Walker.

Living into Focus by Arthur Boers was referenced by Matthew LaPine.

Speaking of Dying by Fred Craddock, Dale Goldsmith, and Joy V. Goldsmith was referenced by Sara of From the park.


Ebook Specials and Other Offers:

March ebook specials are currently running for multiple Brazos Press and Baker Academic titles. All of these are at least 50% off.

Christians at the Border by M. Daniel Carroll R.
Performing the Faith by Stanley Hauerwas
Preface to Theology by John Howard Yoder
Following Jesus in a Culture of Fear by Scott Bader-Saye
Loving Homosexuals as Jesus Would by Chad W. Thompson