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Doing without Adam and Eve


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Preface Introduction Part One: The Demise of Adam and Eve 1. Science, Scripture, and Doctrine -Science and Scripture -Central Scriptural Doctrines -Central Theological Doctrines -Controversial Doctrines 2. Tests of Truth-The Interpreter and Canalization-The Coherence Test-The Correspondence Test-The Consilience Test3. The Fall-The Early Church-Harold Bloom-A Gnostic Christian-Augustine4. Original Sin-Calvin and Protestantism-The Canalization of Evil-Aquinas and Catholicism-Athanasius and Orthodoxy5. The Demise of Adam and Eve-Coherence and Genesis 1-3-Correspondence and Genesis 1-9-Consilience in Science-The Demise of Adam and Eve6. Scripture and Truth-Coherence and the Torah-Symbolic Truth in Genesis 2 and 3-Correspondence and the Gospels-The Authority of ScripturePart Two: The Unification of Science and Christianity7. The Theory of Evolution-Coherence and Natural Selection-Correspondence and Speciation-Consilience and Human Evolution-Canalization and Resistance8. The Sociobiological Consilience-The Evolution of Altruism-Altruism's Legacy-Reciprocity-Human Sociality9. Original Sin and Sociobiology-Freedom-Sin-Love-Punishment10. The Problem of Evil-A Developing Universe-Locating Ourselves-Locating Evil-Solving the Problem11. The Atonement-Four Difficulties-Jesus and Sin-Suffering and Death-Atonement NowConclusionGlossaryReferencesIndex

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Patricia A. Williams taught philosophy at Virginia State University, has authored many scholarly articles on the philosophy of biology, and is co-editor of Evolution and Human Values (1995). She was recently elected a fellow of the Jesus Seminar.

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