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An Evolutionary Adaptation of the Fall

Lembke, Martin LU (2014) In New Blackfriars 95(1057). p.295-307
Abstract
According to John Polkinghorne, the Fall is the major Christian doctrine that is the most difficult to reconcile with contemporary science. Like him, however, I believe it is vitally important, even in this regard, to try to pinpoint the extent to which taking science seriously requires us to modify traditionally held beliefs. In this paper I focus on two problematic ideas associated with the Fall: (i) the idea of a primordial human couple (Adam and Eve), and (ii) the idea that this couple was subjected to bodily death as a result of their original misdeed. I argue that, contrary to appearances, it is possible to harmonize these beliefs with contemporary science – at least if one presupposes some kind of soul-body dualism. I also try to... (More)
According to John Polkinghorne, the Fall is the major Christian doctrine that is the most difficult to reconcile with contemporary science. Like him, however, I believe it is vitally important, even in this regard, to try to pinpoint the extent to which taking science seriously requires us to modify traditionally held beliefs. In this paper I focus on two problematic ideas associated with the Fall: (i) the idea of a primordial human couple (Adam and Eve), and (ii) the idea that this couple was subjected to bodily death as a result of their original misdeed. I argue that, contrary to appearances, it is possible to harmonize these beliefs with contemporary science – at least if one presupposes some kind of soul-body dualism. I also try to show that this dualism, although philosophically non-fashionable nowadays, is yet to be refuted or made redundant by current evolutionary theory or neurophysiology. (Less)
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Evolution, Adam and Eve, John Polkinghorne, Assumptions into Heaven, Cartesian Dualism
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New Blackfriars
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0028-4289
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10.1111/nbfr.12026
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  abstract     = {According to John Polkinghorne, the Fall is the major Christian doctrine that is the most difficult to reconcile with contemporary science. Like him, however, I believe it is vitally important, even in this regard, to try to pinpoint the extent to which taking science seriously requires us to modify traditionally held beliefs. In this paper I focus on two problematic ideas associated with the Fall: (i) the idea of a primordial human couple (Adam and Eve), and (ii) the idea that this couple was subjected to bodily death as a result of their original misdeed. I argue that, contrary to appearances, it is possible to harmonize these beliefs with contemporary science – at least if one presupposes some kind of soul-body dualism. I also try to show that this dualism, although philosophically non-fashionable nowadays, is yet to be refuted or made redundant by current evolutionary theory or neurophysiology.},
  author       = {Lembke, Martin},
  issn         = {0028-4289},
  keyword      = {Evolution,Adam and Eve,John Polkinghorne,Assumptions into Heaven,Cartesian Dualism},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1057},
  pages        = {295--307},
  publisher    = {John Wiley & Sons},
  series       = {New Blackfriars},
  title        = {An Evolutionary Adaptation of the Fall},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/nbfr.12026},
  volume       = {95},
  year         = {2014},
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