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Evolutionary Creation in Biblical and Theological Perspective

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Dan Lioy

This book undertakes a biblical and theological analysis of evolutionary creation and creation themes pertinent to origins science. A key premise is that a fundamental congruity exists between what the Lord has revealed in nature (i.e., the book of God’s work) and in Scripture (i.e., the book of God’s Word). A corollary supposition is that, based on an analysis of the fossil record, genome evidence, morphological data, and so on, biological evolution offers the best persuasive scientific explanation for the origin and actualization of carbon-based life on earth, including Homo sapiens (i.e., modern humans). Furthermore, considering evolutionary creation in an objective, balanced, and informed manner reveals that the view is wholly compatible with classical theological metaphysics, including Augustinian and Reformed confessional orthodoxy.

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Chapter 5: A Biblical and Theological Analysis of Life and Death in the New Testament 127

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T he preceding chapter undertook a biblical and theological analy- sis of life and death in the Old Testament. The present chapter continues this endeavor by focusing on a selective set of New Tes- tament passages (namely, Rom 5:1–21; 8:1–39; 1 Cor 15:1–58; Heb 2:5–18; 4:14–5:10; 7:1–28; 9:1–10:18; Rev 20:1–22:21). Of central impor- tance to this investigation (as well as the question of human origins) is the issue of Adam and Eve’s historicity (cf. Lane 1994b:161; Niehaus 2008:15; Plantinga 1991; Schaeffer 1972:41). As was noted in chapters 2 and 4 of this study, some claim that Adam and Eve never really existed and so could not have been the principal source of genetic endowment for all humans (cf. Barbour 2000:133–134; Day 2005:17–18, 21, 25; Domn- ing and Hellwig 2006:4, 6, 20, 71, 74, 190; Harlow 2008:197–198; Harlow 2010:181, 190–191; Haught 2000:137–138; Kass 2003:60; Lamoureux 2008:274–277, 319, 329; Murphy 2010:2; Peacocke 2001:78; Schneider 2010:201). In contrast, this treatise maintains that Adam and Eve are not fictional, generic characters appearing in an ancient Hebrew myth. In- stead, they are a literal, historical couple who, before the Fall, initially existed in a genetically pristine state as persons having moral integrity. Furthermore, it was noted that when Adam and Eve sinned in the an- cient...

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