The Historical Adam, Round 2: William VanDoodewaard

No Adam, No Original Sin, No Christ

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The stakes are high in this discussion. There are certainly a number of self-professed evangelicals who do and will follow the evolved Adam/no Adam proposals. I am thankful to speak against this, and thankful to know that our roundtable representation is far from representative of contemporary evangelical belief and historic Christianity. Combined as participants we present one quarter committed to the historical Adam of historic Christian orthodoxy, yet the reality is that the only predecessors to our three quarters who abandon this Adam are found in Enlightenment skeptics, 19th-century higher critics, and 20th-century theological modernists or liberals. It is a small society on the fringe of Christianity in its most broad definition—one which I see with sadness heading outside the parameters of millennia of mainstream Christian confession, away from the Word of God.

This article is part of our Symposium on the Historical Adam:

William VanDoodewaard is a Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is an ordained minister in the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and the author of two books, including his most recent publication, The Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins.

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