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Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical, and Scientific Perspectives



The Christian doctrines of original sin and the historical fall of Adam have been in retreat since the rise of modernity. Here leading scholars present a theological, biblical, and scientific case for the necessity of belief in original sin and the historicity of Adam and Eve in response to contemporary challenges. Representing various Christian traditions, the contributors shed light on recent debates as they present the traditional doctrine of original sin as orthodox, evangelical, and the most theologically mature and cogent synthesis of the biblical witness. Including scholars and theologians such as Thomas R. Schreiner and Carl R. Trueman, this fresh look at a heated topic in evangelical circles will appeal to professors, students, and readers interested in the creation-evolution debate.

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  • Represents various denominational traditions
  • Offers historical, biblical, and theological perspectives on original sin
  • Gathers together the work of biblical scholars, ethicists, theologians, and pastors
  • “Adam and Eve in the Old Testament” by C. John Collins
  • “Adam in the New Testament” by Robert W. Yarbrough
  • “Adam and Modern Science” by William Stone (a pseudonym)
  • “Original Sin in Patristic Theology” by Peter Sanlon
  • “The Lutheran Doctrine of Original Sin” by Robert Kolb
  • “Original Sin in Reformed Theology” by Donald Macleod
  • ““But a Heathen Still”: The Doctrine of Original Sin in Wesleyan Theology” by Thomas H. McCall
  • “Original Sin in Modern Theology” by Carl R. Trueman
  • “Original Sin in Biblical Theology” by James M. Hamilton
  • “Threads in a Seamless Garment: Original Sin in Systematic Theology” by Michael Reeves and Hans Madueme
  • ““The Most Vulnerable Part of the Whole Christian Account”: Original Sin and Modern Science” by Hans Madueme
  • “Original Sin in Pastoral Theology” by Daniel Doriani
  • “Original Sin and Original Death: Romans 5:12-19” by Thomas R. Schreiner
  • “The Fall and Genesis 3” by Noel Weeks
  • “Adam, History, and Theodicy” by William Edgar
This collection of essays clarifies these debates and exposes their pastoral relevance. The volume does not pretend to answer all the challenges, but for candor, faithfulness, and clarity on these topics, it holds pride of place.

D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

Madueme and Reeves have brought together a clearly reasoned set of essays in a volume that seeks to shore up traditional, orthodox accounts of original sin. They do not shrink from the complex difficulties this doctrine raises for contemporary theological and scientific accounts of human origins.

Oliver Crisp, professor of systematic theology, Fuller Theological Seminary

This is a long-overdue book on a crucial flash point in evangelical faith and theology: the sin that dare not speak its name (‘original’).

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

  • Title: Adam, the Fall, and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical, and Scientific Perspectives
  • Authors: Michael Reeves, Hans Madueme
  • Publisher: Baker Academic
  • Print Publication Date: 2014
  • Logos Release Date: 2015
  • Pages: 351
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Sin, Original; Adam (Biblical figure); Fall of man
  • ISBNs: 9781441220806, 9780801039928
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-07-29T20:30:34Z

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Hans Madueme is assistant professor of theological studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia, and an adjunct professor at Trinity Graduate School, Trinity International University. He also serves as a book review editor for Themelios.

Michael Reeves is theologian-at-large at Wales Evangelical School of Theology. He previously served as head of theology for the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) and is the author of several books, including Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith.


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