DOING WITHOUT ADAM AND EVE Sociobiology and Original Sin

By: Williams, Patricia A

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In this provocative new addition to the Theology and the Sciences series, Patricia Williams assays the original sin doctrine with a scientific lens and, based on sociobiology, offers an alternative Christian account of human nature's foibles and future.

Focusing on the Genesis 2 and 3 account, Williams shows how its "historical" interpretation in early Christianity not only misread the text but derived an idea of being human profoundly at odds with experience and contemporary science. After gauging Christianity's several competing notions of human nature -- Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox -- against contemporary biology, Williams turns to sociobiological accounts of the evolution of human dispositions toward reciprocity and limited cooperation as a source of human good and evil. From this vantage point she offers new interpretations of evil, sin, and the Christian doctrine of atonement.

Williams's work, frank in its assessment of traditional misunderstandings, challenges theologians and all Christians to reassess the roots and branches of this linchpin doctrine.

Title: DOING WITHOUT ADAM AND EVE Sociobiology and Original Sin

Author Name: Williams, Patricia A

Categories: Religion - Theology,

Publisher: Fortress Press: 2001

ISBN Number: 0800632850

ISBN Number 13: 9780800632854

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 102247

Description: Looks new except for previous owners name inside; no other marks or writing. Spine uncreased. No edge wear. ; In this provocative new addition to the acclaimed Theology and the Sciences series, Patricia Williams assays the doctrine of original sin with a scientific lens and offers an alternative Christian account of human nature’s sinfulness and redemption based on sociobiology. ; Theology and the Sciences

Keywords: Original Sin EVOLUTION & The Bible Genesis,