The Historical Adam, Round 2: Denis O. Lamoureaux
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Madueme also makes a rather alarmist claim. "The tapestry of salvation history extends between Adam and Christ; take away Adam and the whole thing unravels." The Bible speaks clearly of salvation. Acts 4:12 states, "Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved." Verse 10 identifies that this name is "Jesus Christ of Nazareth." Romans 10:9 also proclaims, "If you confess with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." I see no reference to Adam in these classical verses regarding salvation.
In ending his paper, Madueme leaves us with only three choices regarding the origin of evil: (1) dualism, (2) monism, and (3) "the rebellion of a historical Adam." But he conveniently overlooks a fourth option. Evil arose when a pre-human population began to bear the Image of God, became morally culpable before the Lord, and then everyone fell into sin (Rom. 3:23). By separating, and not conflating, the inerrant spiritual truth from the incidental ancient science of de novo creation in Romans 5:12, we can affirm that sin indeed entered the world, but not through Adam.
This article is part of our Symposium on the Historical Adam:
Denis Lamoureux is an Associate Professor of Science and Religion at St. Joseph's College in the University of Alberta, Canada. He is a self-described "evolutionary creationist" who lectures and writes widely on the topic. Lamoureux is the author of Evolutionary Creation: A Christian Approach to Evolution and I Love Jesus & I Accept Evolution.
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