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As an anthology of essays the writing is uneven By the time
I Got To Thegot to the I wasn t sure what the goal of the book was On the way there my thinking was challenged and I was brought up to date on some of the findings of the scientific community regarding the origin of humanity A thoroughly interesting book for those wanting talking points on the conversation between evolution the fall and Christianity At times I forgot the driving factor behind the book was the conversation between evolution and Christianity and thought it to be a collection of essays about The Human Condition Certainly human condition Certainly reading if you are
Interested In Better Understanding Ourin better understanding our on earth after the fall Would recommend to those interested in the intersections of science and religion if not perhaps stay away The chapter by Middleton which reads the story of the fall attentive to evolution is excellent and precisely what we need of strong exegesis and orthodox theology with an appreciation of what scientific knowledge may add to the story I highly recommend that chapter but for those who have already read widely on the topic the rest of the book comes across as a fairly shallow review from various disciplinary angles A whole book like Middleton s chapter would have been much useful. What does it mean for the Christian doctrine of the Fall if there was no historical Adam If humanity emerged from nonhuman primates as genetic biological and archaeological evidence seems to suggest then what are the implications for a .
I wanted so much to love this book I have a lot Of Respect For The respect for the Forum assembling a group philosophers to write on the doctrine of the fall in light of evolution science From the outset the authors establish their two main parameters 1 Evolutionary science strongly shows that homo sapiens did not arrive from a single pair but 2000 10000 individuals And 2 Religion has much to offer to the faith science dialogue must stand on its non negotiables and is in no way second fiddle to science The book is broken into four sections Mapping the uestions Biblical Studies and Theological Implications Beyond Origins Cultural Implications and Reimagining the Conversation Faithful Ways Forward Across these sections are 10 chapters each written by a different contributer The lack of scientists is disappointing 1 Darrel Falk to 9 philosophers Some chapters are of course better than others While there is much virtue in beginning this conversation the book suffers two weaknesses 1 It struggles with consistency Some contributors write their chapters as if they re a plug for their own work rather than seeking to integrate the chapter into the narrative whole More problematic chapters 45 make the case that a non literal Adam is not essential to a faithful doctrine of the Fa. Hristian understanding of human origins including the origin of sin Evolution and the Fall gathers a multidisciplinary ecumenical team of scholars to address these difficult uestions and others like them from the perspectives of biology. .
Ll This is followed by chapter 6 in which the author says Paul firmly believed in a literal Adam and there is an unknowable mystery behind the character of Adam No consensus is reached and it is very disappointing 2 Most authors are stuck in history Of the final four chapters sections 3 4 which are nominally meant to bring the conversation to today s climate only 1 chapter does so This chapter 7 by Brent Waters is the best chapter in the book It talks about the theology of the fall in conversation with transhumanism and the many scientists trying to prolong life immortally The other chapters are interested in the historical conflicts between science and faithand these have been fleshed out in many other volumes This is a weird book The essays on their own vary in uality I especially like those from Smith Middleton and Harrison but the real issue is the lack of focus I think uestions that explore the tension between evolutionary theory and the doctrine of the fall are fascinating but not much of this book actually deals with this topic specifically It s a collection of essays relating the intersection of science and faith generally which Would Have Been Find Once have been find once readjusted my expectations some of those essays been stronger Overall worth the read butweird. Theology history Scripture philosophy and politicsCONTRIBUTORS William T Cavanaugh Celia Deane Drummond Darrel R Falk Joel B Green Michael Gulker Peter Harrison J Richard Middleton Aaron Riches James K A Smith Brent Waters Norman Wirzba.
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