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Evolution and the Fall 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 Christian understanding of human origins, including the origin of sin Evolution and the Fall gathers a multidisciplinary, ecumenical team of scholars to address these difficult questions and others like them from the perspectives of biology, 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 The introduction, Chapter 1 Discussing the evidence for evolution , and James K.A Smiths essay are worth the price of the book Those sections are very well done Those essays provide the best discussions of the topic set out at the start of the book Some of the other sections are dry anddifficult to see how they relate overall to the topic I do recommend the book based on quality sections aforementioned. 3.5 stars Some essays were meh, some were really good William Cavanaugh, Peter Harrison, J Richard Middleton, and Aaron Riches had great essays Cavanaugh had a great historical political genealogy on how modern political theory rejected the significance of the Fall in ordering and viewing the world.J Richard Middleton had a great exegetical essay on Genesis 3.Aaron Riches had a really interesting essay that had too much Latin, but was really theologically meaty and yet mystical Harrison es 3.5 stars Some essays were meh, some were really good William Cavanaugh, Peter Harrison, J Richard Middleton, and Aaron Riches had great essays Cavanaugh had a great historical political genealogy on how modern political theory rejected the significance of the Fall in ordering and viewing the world.J Richard Middleton had a great exegetical essay on Genesis 3.Aaron Riches had a really interesting essay that had too much Latin, but was really theologically meaty and yet mystical Harrison especially made it clear in his essay that there can be good conflict between science and faith Discerning that can be a challenge requiring patience and humility This is a weird book The essays on their own vary in quality I especially like those from Smith, Middleton and Harrison , but the real issue is the lack of focus I think questions 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 sa collection of essays relating to the intersection of science and faithgenerally, which would have been find once I readjusted my This is a weird book The essays on their own vary in quality I especially like those from Smith, Middleton and Harrison , but the real issue is the lack of focus I think questions 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 sa collection of essays relating to the intersection of science and faithgenerally, which would have been find once I readjusted my expectations had some of those essays been stronger Overall, worth the read, butweird Here is an attempt to harmonise evolutionary science and biblical interpretation The result is unconvincing, as the debt is almost completely paid on the biblical side of the equation The Fall has to be re interpreted, the historicity of Adam and Eve are re scoped to mean something else other than historical reality The outcome is unsatisfactory, but that is not to deny that there are real questions to be answered.On another note, the final essays by Norman Wirzba on Maximus the Confessor, an Here is an attempt to harmonise evolutionary science and biblical interpretation The result is unconvincing, as the debt is almost completely paid on the biblical side of the equation The Fall has to be re interpreted, the historicity of Adam and Eve are re scoped to mean something else other than historical reality The outcome is unsatisfactory, but that is not to deny that there are real questions to be answered.On another note, the final essays by Norman Wirzba on Maximus the Confessor, and William T Cavanaugh on the Fall in political theory were of another character and extremely worthwhile

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