The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry
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The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry

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Evolutionary science teaches that humans arose as a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve, a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so? In the fractured conversation of human origins, can new insight guide us to solid ground in both science and theology?

InThe Genealogical Adam and Eve, S. Joshua Swamidass tests a scientific hypothesis: What if the traditional account is somehow true, with the origins of Adam and Eve taking place alongside evolution?

Building on well-established but overlooked science, Swamidass explains how it's possible for Adam and Eve to be rightly identified as the ancestors of everyone. His analysis opens up new possibilities for understanding Adam and Eve, consistent both with current scientific consensus and with traditional readings of Scripture. These new possibilities open a conversation about what it means to be human.

In this book, Swamidass:

  • untangles several misunderstandings about the words humanand ancestry, in both science and theology
  • explains how geneticand genealogical ancestry are different, and how universal genealogical ancestry creates a new opportunity for rapprochement
  • explores implications of genealogicalancestry for the theology of the image of God, the fall, and people "outside the garden"

Some think Adam and Eve are a myth. Some think evolution is a myth. Either way, the best available science opens up space to engage larger questions together. In this bold exploration, Swamidass charts a new way forward for peace between mainstream science and the Christian faith.

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Title: The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry
By: S. Joshua Swamidass
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 246
Vendor: IVP Academic
Publication Date: 2019
Weight: 1 pound 2 ounces
ISBN: 0830852638
ISBN-13: 9780830852635
Stock No: WW852635

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Author Bio

S. Joshua Swamidass (MD, PhD, UCIrvine) is a scientist, physician, and associate professor of laboratory and genomic medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis, where he uses artificial intelligence to explore science at the intersection of medicine, biology, and chemistry. He is a Veritas Forums speaker and blogs at .

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