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Did Adam Exist?

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Format: Booklet
Pages: 40
ISBN: 9781596389175
Publication Date 03/28/14

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Can we still believe in a historical Adam? Vern Poythress offers a theologically and scientifically informed evaluation of the claims that genetic analyses show Adam could not have existed.

Written to equip and strengthen laypeople in their defense of the faith, Christian Answers to Hard Questions challenges contemporary opposition to Christianity with concise, practical answers.


“Poythress boldly and knowledgeably tackles some of the scientific reasoning that has been used to argue that humans are nothing more than advanced apes. . . . He exemplifies the right use of critical thinking in science and in faith.”

—C. John Collins, Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis

“Most non-scientists don’t know what to make of scientific arguments questioning the historicity of Genesis, and most theologians do not feel competent to evaluate the scientific arguments or their reliability. Dr. Poythress, who is well informed on the subject, breaks down the main scientific arguments about human origins in ways accessible to the general reader.”

—Ann Gauger, Senior Research Scientist, Biologic Institute, Redmond, Washington


The Author

Vern S. Poythress

Vern S. Poythress

Vern S. Poythress (MLitt, University of Cambridge; PhD, Harvard University; DTh, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa) is distinguished professor of New Testament, biblical interpretation, and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has authored books on a wide range of topics; his works include Symphonic TheologyTheophany, and The Mystery of the Trinity.