s a young Christian woman involved in a research project on the doctrine of original sin, I noticed something was missing. Well, someone.
For all the intense theological speculation about the first man that the early Christian church engaged in so regularly, there was little mention of his companion, the first woman. Many theologians, such as St. Augustine, simply ignored Eve. In their treatises and letters, she goes unmentioned. After all, Paul affirmed Adam’s sole importance by linking him with Christ in the New Testament—and, more practically, these theologians lived in a time when men held all social and political power.
To the early Christian leaders who were primarily interested in setting out systems of Christological theology for the church, Adam and Christ were the two most important characters in the biblical narrative: the man who took the blame of sin and died and the man who died to take the blame away. Eve, as a woman, was simply not worth mentioning. Continue reading “Rachel Hekman – What About Eve?”
The Historical Adam and the Problem of Physical Evidence – Center for Faith and Science International.
The historicity of Adam and Eve is a controversy raging in evangelical circles in the US these days and it makes new victims.
The latest are Professors John Schneider and Daniel Harlow from Calvin College in Grand Rapids (see HERE).
It is quite obvious that this discussion is here to stay, and, as the saying goes, ‘it is going to get worse before it gets better’.
See also a substantial article by Richard Ostling, on this theme, in Christianity Today.
Dear Albert Mohler,
We hope this finds you well. First, we offer our congratulations for making it on the Colbert Show. That’s a fantastic show, and we tune in often. Second, we offer gratitude for fighting for people to believe in us. It’s an incredibly sweet act — our thank-you note is in the mail.
While we appreciate your remarkable interest in us, we think you’ve gotten us wrong. For example, you said, “When Adam sinned, he sinned for us, and it’s that very sinfulness that sets up our understanding of our need for a savior…. Without Adam, the work of Christ makes no sense whatsoever.”
While we understand your evangelical piety and unequivocal love for Jesus, we didn’t sin for you. We also didn’t sin to in order make relevant the work of someone born thousands of years after us. Continue reading “A Letter from Adam and Eve – to Al Mohler”