Director • Anselm Ministries
- Walton's position on creation in "The Historical Adam" is called the Archetypal Creation View. His essay there has the following summary: In my view, Adam and Eve are historical figures—real people in a real past. Nevertheless, I am persuaded that the biblical text in more interested in them as archetypal figures who represent all of humanity. This is particularly true in the account of Genesis 2 about their formation. I contend that the formation accounts are not addressing their material formation as biological specimens, but are addressing the formation of all humanity: we are all formed from dust, and we are gendered halves. If this is true, Genesis 2 is not making claims about biological origins of humanity, and therefore the Bible should not be viewed as offering competing claims against science about human origins. If this is true, Adam and Eve also may or may not be the first humans or parents of the entire human race. Such an archetypal focus is theologically viable and is well-represented in the ancient Near East.
- Wow that's really sad. Pass for sure on this resource. Denying the creation story, undermines the entire bible. :(
- Thank you for the research to clarify his position. I will not be purchasing this. I am looking forward to the publication of the EEC Genesis commentary which will promises to be an excellent edition that takes the text at its word.
- Read "The Historical Adam." It presents four views and gives pastoral reflections pro and con for a historical Adam. Denis Lamoureux, who presents an evolutionary creationist view in the book, has also made a good bit of his material available for free on his website: http://www.ualberta.ca/~dlamoure/wl.html. I also think that wherever you fall on the issue, the course by Dr. Walton will be worth it.