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Adam's Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins (Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context)

2 Ratings: 4.0
A book by David N. Livingstone

"A great piece of scholarship and an equally great read. Particularly instructive is Livingstone's discussion of monogenism, polygenism, and the various ways these theories of human origins were used in the social and political arena. This … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Theology, Theological Anthropology
Author: David N. Livingstone
Genre: History, Nonfiction
Publisher: The Johns Hopkins University Press
2 reviews about Adam's Ancestors: Race, Religion, and the...
review by . August 05, 2010
Is Adam the father of all human beings, or do they have multiple fathers?    For centuries, Christendom had a simple, biblical answer. Adam was the father of the human race. But during the Age of Discovery, Westerners' contact with other cultures increasingly called into question the chronology, ethnology, and geography of the early chapters of Genesis. The earth was older and its people more diverse and far-flung than the biblical history accounted for.    In …
review by . August 24, 2009
This comprehensive study treats the various manifestations of the theory that there did (or does) exist a pre-Adamic humanity. Some versions of this conjecture reflected skepticism about the Bible, others were attempts to defend the Bible from Darwinism, and still others served simply as props for "scientific racism." Livingstone thoughtfully explores a number of significant issues in this fine work.     Nevertheless, my guess is that most readers will mine the book for its information …
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