I am at a conference in DC all week – deep into science and thus little time for writing. Instead I would like to point to two recent thought-provoking posts at BioLogos.
The first is a response to a recent video posted by The Gospel Coalition: Keller, Moore, and Duncan on the Non-Negotiable Beliefs About Creation.
Deb Haarsma provides a response (Essentials of Creation: A Response to The Gospel Coalition). The video makes many good points, and these should be appreciated. However, the claim is also made that the de novo creation of Adam is a non-negotiable. It is connected both to the gospel message and to racial justice and equality. Having read David Livingstone’s work in Adam’s Ancestors and Dealing With Darwin. Christians have found it possible to rationalize almost any racist position with or without Adam. Bottom line: belief in the de novo creation of Adam is not a immunization against racism. Making this connection simply draws attention away from the more important issues. Non-negotiable issues are centered on biblical teachings about human identity and vocation as the image of God and the need for salvation. Deb has more to say and both the video and her response are worth a look.
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