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Doubts and denials swarm the biblical teaching that humans descend from an original pair, Adam and Eve. Some even claim that these doubts are compatible with Christian commitment. But is that possible? Richard Gaffin shows how these denials undermine the entire history of redemption taught in Scripture. When we remove Adam and Eve from history, we are left with no redemptiDoubts and denials swarm the biblical teaching that humans descend from an original pair, Adam and Eve. Some even claim that these doubts are compatible with Christian commitment. But is that possible? Richard Gaffin shows how these denials undermine the entire history of redemption taught in Scripture. When we remove Adam and Eve from history, we are left with no redemptive history. Gaffin reminds us that, with no Adam there is no gospel....

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Number of Pages : 32 Pages
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  • Jeanie
    2019-03-02 03:29

    Is it true that with no Adam there is no Gospel? With claims that there is no physical Adam and with no Adam there is no Garden.With this expository teaching from Jesus himself, the gospel is tied to what happened in the Garden and the nature of Adam. Any other teaching contrary to that undermines the gospel and our need for a Savior and God as sovereign. Why is this important?Sometimes it’s said that the Bible and Christianity are about salvation, not creation. That way of putting it is misleading at best. What Scripture affirms about creation, especially the origin of humanity, is central to its teaching about salvation. What is amazing about this statement is that God is sovereign and that mankind is the same no matter skin color, social standing, male or female, young or old, and in is need for salvation. Racism is not the gospel, our good works is not the gospel, social issues are not the gospel – they do reflect our need for the gospel because our hearts hardened by the things of God and others that are made in the image of God. The contrast between Christ and Adam is significant. If Adam is not the first, who subsequently fell into sin, the work of Christ loses it meaning. Without the “first’ that Adam is, there is no place for Christ as either “second” or “last”. The integrity and coherence of redemptive history in its entirety depends on this contrast.Adam being fully man was not able by free will walk with God. That brings the question, did God know this and I believe God did. It is by free will that we love. God did not create robots, but people that love by choice. However; our fight for self-preservation taints the love that we are capable of. It is only in Christ that we begin to understand what love really is.The truth of the gospel stands or falls with the historicity of Adam as the first human being from whom all other human beings decend.. This expository teaching will open up the gospel for you and strengthen you faith.A Special Thank You to P & R Publishing and Netgalley for ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  • Chuck
    2019-03-01 23:16

    Largely a critique of Peter Enns's book,"The Evolution of Adam." I could hear Dr. Gaffin's clear, concise tone of voice as I read this, as if I was sitting in class with him again. As the title suggests, he does not mince words with what he thinks is at stake in the debate over the historicity of Adam. His book "Perspectives on Pentecost" was a definitive read for how I came to understand charismatic gifts. And I suspect this will become the same. I think a re-read of both "The Evolution of Adam" and "No Adam No Gospel" is in order. This is a very short read; less than thirty pages.

  • Justin
    2019-03-12 04:28

    This is a tiny but powerful read. When theologians turn Adam into an analogy, embrace theistic evolution, and not historic truth we dilute/damage the gospel in so many ways. Gods word is either authoritative from Genesis 1:1 or it is not. If this book has a weakness is that you may get lost in some of the verbage used. Nonetheless you'll get a clear picture of the damage theistic evolution does to the Bible, salvation in Christ etc.

  • Jared Olinger
    2019-03-23 04:05

    While I agree with the conclusions from this book, it's not written in a very compelling manner and it seems one should know more about the debate this book centers around first in order to get the most out of it. That, or let this book be a launching point into the other material that surrounds the historicity of Adam & the latest scientific evidence suggesting that humanity does not share one common ancestor.

  • Dan Glover
    2019-03-02 02:27

    Gaffin critiques the evolutionary understanding of Genesis 1-3 and a non-literal understanding of Adam, taking issue with the theistic-evolutionary perspective of Enns (mainly, but also as representative of others) and arguing that nothing less than the gospel is on the line with the abandonment of a literal Adam. If death did not enter the world through the sin of the first man, who is the representative head of all who come from him, than the theology of the saving work and representation of the last Adam, and the hope of all who are in him, is at stake. The interpretive approach which views the creation story as metaphorical, accomodating unsophisticated cosmology in order to teach spiritual truth, is a difficult approach to apply consistently and still protect the core of the gospel, especially when Paul and Christ himself treat the disobedient work of the first Adam and the obedient work of the second and last Adam in redemptive-historical as well as theological parallel. I'm sure that many, if not most, of the modern evangelical advocates of theistic evolution would stand fast in their confession of Jesus' bodily resurrection as the ground of the Christian's justification and future hope (as Enns does). However, it is difficult to see what, if any, boundary there is in their interpretive method which will stop future practitioners of this same interpretive methodology from eroding the very pillars of Christian creedal confession. Indeed, Gaffin sees this as already happening in the undermining of the historical Adam.

  • Josh Wilson
    2019-03-05 03:29

    The heart of this short pamphlet is a response to Peter Enns's interpretation of creation via theistic evolution and of Adam non-historically. It's timely, as more people continue to understand the scientific evidence and its precluding a literal Genesis as a foregone conclusion. Gaffin doesn't close the door entirely on theistic evolution--but he does close the door on theistic evolution of Adam, which leaves no room for Adam as "imago Dei," and calls for theistic evolutionists to reconsider at least that aspect of their model. He finds Enns's view of Adam as a result of a divine evolutionary process as the death-knell for the Biblical gospel. My own exposure to Enns is in his reading of the conquest narratives as reflexive efforts of "self-definition" which effectively removes the notion of divine authorship in any meaningful sense. So, as is usually the case, Enns's hermeneutic is the culprit behind the different conclusions.

  • Wes Bredenhof
    2019-03-19 06:26

    Does what you think about Adam and our human origins really matter for the gospel? Gaffin has a concise, but insightful and well-argued treatment of a vitally important question. Highly recommended!

  • James
    2019-03-22 06:09


  • Enoch Thomas
    2019-03-22 04:05

    There is sound biblical truth here but I felt like I just stepped into a debate between the author and Peter Enns. I would recommend knowing more of Enns book first or plan on reading it.

  • Will Pareja
    2019-03-27 07:23

    An incisive and brief exposé of theistic evolutionary protology. Probably the best go-to source available that is quick to read.

  • Jared Hiebert
    2019-03-08 05:32

    A really needed discussion from a premier theologian. Very well written and easy to understand.