In what is no doubt a highly controversial statement in today's intellectual climate both in and outside of the chruch C. John Collins states:
"We need a real Adam and Eve if we are to make sense of the Bible and of life".
In Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?: Who They Were and Why You Should Care Collins provides a stiff defense and provocative argument for a historical Adam and Eve. He examines the biblical storyline as the worldview story of the people of God, showing that even a postmodern emphasis on narrative presupposes and therefore requires a real Adam and Eve and what is more--the experience of modern life also requires this same conclusion.
Applying well-informed critical scholarship and sharp thinking to common theological and scientific questions, Collins asserts the importance of a real man at the beginning in God's plan for creation as well as God's plan for "redemption" in Jesus Chriost as teh remedy for sin's entrance into humanity and the world.
Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? addresses both biblical and Jewish texts and contains extensive appendices to examine how the material in Genesis relates to similar material from Mesopotamian myths. Collins's detailed analysis of the relevant texts will instill confidence in readers that the traditional Christian interpretation equips them better than any alternatives to engage the life that they actually encounter in the modern world.
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