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Among the CreationistsDispatches from the Anti-Evolutionist Frontline$
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Jason Rosenhouse

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199744633

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199744633.001.0001

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Theological Phlogiston

Theological Phlogiston

(p.170) 27 Theological Phlogiston
Among the Creationists

Jason Rosenhouse

Oxford University Press

In this chapter, the author explains why he is unimpressed by the attempts of certain religious scholars to preserve the historicity of Adam and Eve—and the closely related doctrine of original sin—in the face of the challenge posed by modern science. Christianity made genuine contributions to our understanding of why things are as they are. In the story of Adam and Eve, as well as doctrine of original sin, we had cogent explanations for why humanity so often fell short of its highest ideals. But those explanations are no longer tenable. Today, such knowledge as we have regarding human nature come entirely from sources other than religion. This is part of the reason why proponents of creationism are so unimpressed with those who would try to reconcile Christianity with evolution.

Keywords:   historicity, Adam and Eve, doctrine of original sin, science, Christianity, religion, creationism, evolution

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