Four Views on the Historical Adam
Four Views on the Historical Adam clearly outlines four primary views on Adam held by evangelicals, featuring top-notch proponents of each view presenting their positions in their own words and critiquing the positions with which they disagree. You will come away with a better understanding of the key biblical and theological issues at stake and of the implications of Adam for contemporary Christian witness and church life.
Contributors include Denis O. Lamoureux, John H. Walton, C. John Collins, and William Barrick. It closes with perspectives also from vehemently different positions, by Gregory A. Boyd and Philip G. Ryken. Each of the contributors focuses his essay on answering the following questions:
- What is the biblical case for your viewpoint, and how do you reconcile it both with modern science and with biblical passages and potential interpretations that seem to counter it?
- In what ways is your view more theologically consistent and coherent than other views presented here?
- What are the implications of your view for the spiritual life and public witness of the church and individual believers, and how is your view a healthier alternative for both? Concluding reflections by pastor-scholars Gregory A. Boyd and Philip Graham Ryken highlight the significance of the topic in the faith of everyday believers.
Primary General Editor
Matthew Barrett is Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the founder and executive editor of Credo Magazine an evangelical publication making theology accessible to those in the church. He is the host of the Credo podcast where he has conversations with the best theologians today to discuss the most important issues in theology.
Dr. Barrett is author of numerous books, including God’s Word Alone: The Authority of Scripture; 40 Questions About Salvation; Owen on the Christian Life; and others.