Doubts and denials swarm the biblical teaching that humans descend from an original pair, Adam and Eve. Some even claim that these doubts are compatible with Christian commitment. But is that possible? Richard Gaffin shows how these denials undermine the entire history of redemption taught in Scripture. When we remove Adam and Eve from history, we are left with no redemptive history. Gaffin reminds us that, with no Adam there is no gospel.
Do Christians have to believe the biblical teaching that all humans descend from a real Adam and Eve? Richard Gaffin shows how such doubts undermine the entire story of redemption.
Richard B. Gaffin Jr. is professor emeritus of biblical and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
In Scripture, who we were in Adam is decisive for who we are now as human beings made in the image of God, and who we shall become as redeemed believers in Christ. Dick Gaffin draws out the serious theological implications that necessarily flow from the denial of a historic Adam as the primordial ancestor of humanity.
-Iain M. Duguid,
Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia