Garvey: Reviewing The Genealogical Adam and Eve

Three days late (to miss the rush) I need to remind you that on 10th, Joshua Swamidass’s book The Genealogical Adam and Eve was published, and has already attracted a number of reviews including one at BioLogos (they got the title wrong initially, like Francisco Ayala did reviewing Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell there back in the day – read more carefully, chaps, if you want to appear sincerely interested).

As others have said, apart from presenting the paradigm itself, the particular strength of the book is in Josh’s remaining aware of the scientific spirit of sceptism suitable to his profession. As a result, though he does offer some tentative theological conclusions, the book manages to show how the idea can provide a platform for exploring the whole range of theological possibilities arising from the consideration of Adam as an historical figure.

To put it bluntly: if Darwin’s Origin of Species was the book that made an historical Adam problematic for 160 years, Swamidass’s Genealogical Adam and Eve is the book that puts him back on the table, for all one can tell permanently.

There is no doubt that, one way or another, Swamidass’s book is a game changer, and so you ought to read it, and not just the reviews. Agree with its thesis or not, you’ll need to understand its arguments to take part in useful discussion on the theology of human origins in future.

Thanks for the nice plug @jongarvey.


A plug for your book is a plug for mine, Josh. :grinning: