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Dr. William VanDoodewaard stops by to talk with Dr. Jonathan Master about the historical Adam. Dr. VanDoodewaard is Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He has contributed to and written several books, including his newest, The Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins. Listen in to the podcast as Jonathan and Bill discuss this very important and weighty topic!
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Belief in a Historical Adam: A Call to Courage by John Hartley
In his classic book, The City of God, fourth century bishop, Aurelius Augustine, discusses a notable abuse of scripture in his day. He speaks of contemporaries who "allegorize all that concerns Paradise itself," who teach "as if there could not be a real terrestrial Paradise!" (COG, 13.21).
In our day we face interpretative challenges similar to Augustine's. We have men who use their own sophistication to make what is real in scripture less real in the church. This is especially the case with contemporary challenges to the doctrine of the historical Adam. Continue Reading...
The Historical Adam and Jesus' Resurrection by Tim Bertolet
The historicity of the Jesus' resurrection is a non-negotiable of the Christian faith. If a person does not believe that Jesus rose bodily from the dead, then they are not a Christian. The apostle Paul includes the resurrection of Jesus as a matter of first importance to the gospel (1 Cor. 15:1-4). He tells us that if Jesus has not been raised from the dead then our faith is futile and we are in fact still in our sins (1 Cor. 15:17).
But God's Word also ties this Christ event and the representation that it gives to a historical Adam and the representation that he gave for humanity. While the historicity of Adam is not included in the matters of first importance at one's confession of faith (1 Cor. 15:1-4), Paul nevertheless draws a link between the reality of Christ's resurrection and a real historical Adam. Just as there was a real resurrection, the benefits of that resurrection are patterned after a real Adam and what happened to him. Continue Reading...