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Pete Enns on Al Mohler, Adam, Evolution and NPR

Pete Enns has just put up his most recent post on Al Mohler’s views on Adam and Evolution which were aired on NPR about a month ago.  The post is vintage-Pete and should be helpful to anyone who is approaching this question with an open mind.  Here he makes two points: 1) Adam is not nearly as “central” a figure to the Biblical story as Mohler and other creationists make him out to be, and 2) the Apostle Paul’s discussions of Adam simply cannot give us closure on the question of human origins. He writes,

All Christians must take with utmost seriousness how Paul understands Adam in light of Christ, and entire books are written on the subject.

But we must not think that Paul ends the current discussion on human origins, which is where Mohler is leading. It is at best premature, if not off the mark, to suggest that Paul ends the discussion of human origins or prevents Christians from adopting scientific models.

Pete articulates some of his major points on the Apostle Paul’s discussions of Adam and their (ir)relevance to the question of humanity’s evolutionary origins on this video from the BioLogos Foundation:



2 thoughts on “Pete Enns on Al Mohler, Adam, Evolution and NPR

  1. Helpful, but I would like to hear the positive end. So then, what can be the context (or framework) for us modern men to adopt scientific models to our Christian understanding while looking at Scripture? Does this mean that Scripture can have no direct bearing on how Christians engage science?

    Posted by Paul Park | October 19, 2011, 4:17 pm
  2. That’s a great question, and I’m probably not the person to answer it. Galileo approvingly quoted a churchman of his day as saying, “The intention of the Holy Spirit is to teach us how one goes to heaven, not how the heavens go.” And, to my mind at least, that’s probably pretty good rule of thumb when it comes to relating the Bible and science.

    That’s not to say that the Christian faith in general has no practical implications for how we evaluate scientific theories or for what we might countenance as being scientific possibilities.

    Posted by dmwilliams83 | October 19, 2011, 4:55 pm

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Hi! I'm David, the campus minister for InterVarsity's graduate and faculty ministries at NC State and Meredith College. I hope you'll join me as I learn to "practice resurrection" in the City of Oaks, in her universities, and in the wider world. You can contact me at dmwilliams83@gmail.com

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