Is the Bible opposed to evolution? How should we understand human origins in light of Genesis and science? Biblical scholars John Walton and C. John Collins and biologist Jeff Schloss will share their perspectives and interact on panels. Join us for new insights, spirited dialogue, and a model of gracious conversation even without full agreement.
John Walton, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
Adam & Eve: Historical Archetypes
This talk will view Adam and Eve as historical figures that the biblical text treats as representatives of all humanity—they may or may not have been the first humans or the parents of the entire human race. Genesis 2 is not seen as making claims about the biological origins of humanity, and so is not in conflict with science. Dr. Walton is the author of Genesis, NIV Application Commentary; The Lost World of Genesis One; and the forthcoming The Lost World of Adam and Eve.
C. John “Jack” Collins, Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Seminary
Adam & Eve: The First Humans
This talk will view Adam and Eve as real persons at the headwaters of humankind. The biblical creation account should not be read too literalistically, and can be reconciled with a scientific and historical account of human origins. Dr. Collins is the author of Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?; Science and Faith: Friends or Foes?; and Genesis 1-4: A Linguistic, Literary, and Theological Commentary.
Jeff Schloss, Distinguished Professor of Biology and T.B. Walker Chair of Natural and Behavioral Sciences, Westmont College
Evolution, Christian Faith, and Human Origins
One evening during a particularly stunning sunset, my toddler cried out, “Daddy, look! God painted the sky!” For many Christians, the laws of optics do not subvert this affirmation but are just construed as “God’s brushes.” Can evolution be seen similarly, as the means by which God created humanity? This question, an abiding and central one in Christian responses to evolution, hinges on which evolutionary accounts, which anthropological and philosophical entailments, and what understandings of human nature one takes to be true. Moreover, faith itself can influence these judgments. This talk will survey emerging scientific data related to common descent, the identity of and trajectory leading to first humans, and the question of human uniqueness. Dr. Schloss is co-editor of Evolution and Ethics: Human Morality in Biological and Religious Perspective and Altruism and Altruistic Love: Science, Philosophy, and Religion in Dialogue.
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