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FALL IN POLITICAL THEORY WERE OF in political theory were of character and extremely worthwhile A thoroughly interesting book for those wanting talking points on the conversation between evolution the fall and Christianity At times I forgot the driving factor behind the book was the conversation between evolution and Christianity and thought it to be a collection of essays about the human condition Certainly worth reading if you are interested in better understanding our condition on earth after the fall Would recommend to those interested in the intersections of science and religion if not perhaps stay away This is one of those books that might have come off better if they didn t claim a specific focus The editors describe this book as an interdisciplinary look at how the doctrines of the fall and original sin are impacted if there is no historical Adam and Eve Unfortunately that is a poor description of the project as a whole Of the ten essays only three or four of them really focus on that uestion The rest focus on topics without any obvious connection such as poetry and politics Granted these essays are still interesting I was nevertheless left wondering why they were included In This Volume If The this volume If the had framed the book with a broader goal it would have been fine But as stated I never felt like the uestion of how to understand the fall of man fine But as stated I never felt like the uestion of how to understand the fall of man original sin in light of evolutionary theory was successfully answeredI will note that while not relevant to stated the goal of the book the final essay provided a good assessment of how to approach apparent conflicts between science and religion The approach outlined in this essay was fair and balanced allowing for both scientific and theological positions to occasionally be in need of correction depending on the details uniue to a given conflict This is a weird book The essays on their own vary in uality I especially like those from Smith Middleton and Harrison but the real issue is the lack of focus I think uestions that explore the tension between evolutionary theory and the doctrine of the fall are fascinating but not much of this book actually deals with this topic specifically It s a collection of essays relating to the intersection of science and faith generally which would have been find once I readjusted my expectations had some of those essays been stronger Overall worth the read butweird. Theology history Scripture philosophy and politicsCONTRIBUTORS William T Cavanaugh Celia Deane Drummond Darrel R Falk Joel B Green Michael Gulker Peter Harrison J Richard Middleton Aaron Riches James K A Smith Brent Waters Norman Wirzba.
James K.A. Smith ↠ 4 SummaryIon to today s climate only 1 chapter does so This chapter 7 by Brent Waters is the best chapter in the book It talks about the theology of the fall in conversation with transhumanism and the many scientists trying to prolong life immortally The other chapters are interested in the historical conflicts between science and faithand these have been fleshed out in many other volumes 35 stars Some essays were meh some were really good William Cavanaugh Peter Harrison J Richard Middleton and Aaron Riches
"Had Great Essays Cavanaugh Had "great essays Cavanaugh had great historical political genealogy on how modern political theory rejected the significance of the Fall in ordering and viewing the worldJ Richard Middleton had a great exegetical essay on Genesis 3Aaron Riches had a really interesting essay that had too much Latin but was really theologically meaty and yet mystical Harrison especially made it clear in his essay that there can be good conflict between science and faith Discerning that can be a challenge reuiring patience and humility The introduction Chapter 1 Discussing the evidence for evolution and James KA Smiths essay are worth the price of the book Those sections are very well done Those essays provide the best discussions of the topic set out at the start of the book Some of the other sections are dry and difficult to see how they relate overall to the topic I do are dry and difficult to see how they relate overall to the topic I do the based on uality sections aforementioned The chapter by Middleton which reads the story of the fall attentive to evolution is excellent and precisely what we need of strong exegesis and orthodox theology with an appreciation of what scientific nowledge may add to the story I highly recommend that chapter but for those who have already read widely on the topic the rest of the book comes across as a fairly shallow review from various disciplinary angles A whole book like Middleton s chapter would have been much useful Here is an attempt to harmonise evolutionary science and biblical interpretation The result is unconvincing as the debt is almost completely paid on the biblical side of the euation The Fall has to be re interpreted the historicity of Adam and Eve are re scoped to mean something else other than historical reality The outcome is unsatisfactory but that is not to deny that there are real uestions to be answeredOn another note the final essays by Norman Wirzba on Maximus the Confessor an. Hristian understanding of human origins including the origin of sin Evolution and the Fall gathers a multidisciplinary ecumenical team of scholars to address these difficult uestions and others like them from the perspectives of biology. ,
As an anthology of essays the writing is uneven By the time I got to the end I wasn t sure what the goal got to the end I wasn t "sure what the goal the book was On the way there my thinking was challenged and "what the goal the book was On the way there my thinking was challenged and was brought up to date on some of the findings of the scientific community regarding the origin of humanity A smorgasbord of essays from various authors touching on subjects of Bible interpretation original sin and evolution and advice on approaching the whole subject humbly The prologue and the final essay were in my opinion the best pieces If the entire book was as clear and tangible as those sections then maybe I d rate it 5 stars This was a nice piece of literature to add to the increasing body of nowledge on the Christian tradition in a society that pits modern science and faith against each other in a society that pits modern science and faith against each other wanted so much to love this book I have a lot of respect for the Colossian Forum assembling a group philosophers to write on the doctrine of the fall in light of evolution science From the outset the authors establish their two main parameters 1 Evolutionary science strongly shows that homo sapiens did not arrive from a single pair but 2000 10000 individuals And 2 Religion has much to offer to the faith science dialogue must stand on its non negotiables and is in no way second fiddle to science The book is broken into four sections Mapping the uestions Biblical Studies and Theological Implications Beyond Origins Cultural Implications and Reimagining the Conversation Faithful Ways Forward Across these sections are 10 chapters each written by a different contributer The lack of scientists is disappointing 1 Darrel Falk to 9 philosophers Some chapters are of course better than others While there is much virtue in beginning this conversation the book suffers two weaknesses 1 It struggles with consistency Some contributors write their chapters as if they re a plug for their own work rather than seeking to integrate the chapter into the narrative whole More problematic chapters 45 make the case that a non literal Adam is not essential to a faithful doctrine of the Fall This is followed by chapter 6 in which the author says Paul firmly believed in a literal Adam and there is an unknowable mystery behind the character of Adam No consensus is reached and it is very disappointing 2 Most authors are stuck in history Of the final four chapters sections 3 4 which are nominally meant to bring the conversat. What does it mean for the Christian doctrine of the Fall if there was no historical Adam If humanity emerged from nonhuman primates as genetic biological and archaeological evidence seems to suggest then what are the implications for a