The Evolution of Adam with Peter Enns

Peter Enns, author of the new book Evolution of Adam, and professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania sits down with Tripp for an action packed conversation about Adam’s lack of a belly button! Ok, may be not BUT they do discuss how Israel, Paul, the early church, and Christians today relate to that powerful story of the first human.  Insights from science, the results of historical research, and hermeneutical questions abound throughout the conversation.  More importantly for many of our listeners will be Peter’s sensitivity to our more conservative Christians fears surrounding this issue and some of his sage like advice in moving forward.  This conversation is blastand we hope you enjoy it, share it, and send us a shout out by clicking that button on the right side of the post.

This book isn’t the first time Peter has been in evangelical hot water and probably not the last.  Peter is not scared of controversy but from what I can tell it comes right out of his evangelical commitment to scripture.  On his blog Rethinking Biblical Christianity he just replied to Kevin De Young’s 10 reasons to believe in a historical Adam with precision and a generous account of what has a rather harsh, unkind, and (for me at least) nonsensical defense of an incredulous assertion.   James McGrath’s response was also pretty awesome.

This interview is part of the Baker Blog Tour organized by the talented Bryan Dyer.  Check out this list of the other contributors….

Joy Bennett –  “Joy In This Journey
Nate Claiborne – NathanielClaiborne.com
Rachel Held EvansRachelHeldEvans.com
James McGrath – “Exploring Our Matrix”
Gregory Smith – “Jesus Loves Darwin”
Jacob Sweeney – “Jacob Sweeney’s Blog”
Justin Topp – “A Biologist’s View of Science & Religion”
Kurt Willems – “The Pangea Blog”

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9 comments
Frank
Frank

[Full] Preterism sheds light on understanding Genesis and creation. If we can get a fix on the end of the Bible it helps us understand the beginning. It is clear that Jesus taught that He would return in the first century (Matt 10:23: 16:27-28; 24:34). It is hard to ignore over 100 time statements in the New Testament that place end time prophecies at the time of the fall of Jerusalem. I agree with Micah that Beyond Creation Science is the book to read on this subject. The nature of the end and the beginning match each other.

Micah Martin
Micah Martin

That was a great interview. I especially liked the question towards the end pointing to Covenant Creation/Eschatology. There has already been tons of work done in this area. "Beyond Creation Science" is a book that does a great job of explaining the connection between protology and eschatology, and how neither are pertaining to the material universe. I hope Dr. Enns is sincere when he says that these questions need to be asked. So far, I have seen very few scholars even remotely interested in exploring the full-preterist paradigm even though they use are more and more comfortable using the hermeneutic when it comes to passages such as Matthew 24, Thanks again. This was an awesome interview. Micah

ryne beddard
ryne beddard

Does God set things in stone or things in motion? Because if creation can adapt, progress and evolve then why can't the church?

Tripp Fuller
Tripp Fuller

@Kirk.... I would say #2 for me but I constantly go back and forth about it.

J. R. Daniel Kirk
J. R. Daniel Kirk

Scott, if you get this, Can you help me parse your comment? There were a lot of things going on in the first 30 min that I've listened to so far. Are you responding to (1) the sociological reality that there are people who disagree with Enns to whom he's speaking, a tribe which is no longer your own? (2) the fact that, for as much as Enns says, he still has to couch things in such-and-such a way to maintain that evangelical credential? (3) you don't read the Bible/theologize like that anymore? (4) other? Many thanks!

Tripp Fuller
Tripp Fuller

I know the feeling Scot. Glad there are people like Peter doing what they do even if I can't.

Scot Miller
Scot Miller

This podcast was r-EVOLUTIONARY! (Sorry... couldn't ... help... myself.....) Actually, it's a very interesting podcast. But it makes me realize that I am truly no longer Evangelical in any way, shape, or form.

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