The above video is a good summary of the book under discussion.
In Quest of the Historical Adam: A Biblical and Scientific Exploration
By William Lane Craig (Author)
Was Adam a real historical person? And if so, who was he and when did he live?
William Lane Craig sets out to answer these questions through a biblical and scientific investigation. He begins with an inquiry into the genre of Genesis 1–11, determining that it can most plausibly be classified as mytho-history—a narrative with both literary and historical value. He then moves into the New Testament, where he examines references to Adam in the words of Jesus and the writings of Paul, ultimately concluding that the entire Bible considers Adam the historical progenitor of the human race—a position that must therefore be accepted as a premise for Christians who take seriously the inspired truth of Scripture.
Working from that foundation of biblical truth, Craig embarks upon an interdisciplinary survey of scientific evidence to determine where Adam could be most plausibly located in the evolutionary history of humankind, ultimately determining that Adam lived between 750,000 and 1,000,000 years ago as a member of the archaic human species Homo heidelbergensis. He concludes by reflecting theologically on his findings and asking what all this might mean for us as human beings created in the image of God, literally descended from a common ancestor—albeit one who lived in the remote past.
Suggested additional reading by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times that will likely bring the reader to discover the landmine that William Lane Craig has stepped on:
The question that the renowned Christian apologist, William Lane Craig, is trying to answer in this book, I had brought to world’s attention, in an article that was published in the Muslim Sunrise in summer 2008: Charles Darwin: An Epiphany for the Muslims, A Catastrophe for the Christians.
Genuine attempts to understand the historical Adam has not only fundamental bearing on the Christian theology and Original Sin, but it has major implications on how to read and understand the holy Quran, in this age of information, as Adam is described as the first man in the Quran in at least seven places. Who is this first man, is he literally a person or is this a metaphorical concept?
The implications are huge on all three Abrahamic faiths.
In that spirit I am presenting this collection of articles.
Before we go any further, let me suggest to the open minded readers, to read on and in the words of Sir Francis Bacon, “Read not to contradict … but to weigh and consider.”
Let us start with the book of Genesis from the Old Testament:
But for Adam no suitable helper was found. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and then closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.
The man said,
“This is now bone of my bones
and flesh of my flesh;
she shall be called ‘woman,’
for she was taken out of man.”
That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.
Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame. (Genesis 2:20-25)
As regards reading and understanding the holy Quran, I suggest the following:
Scope, Style and Preservation of the Quran
- Science in the Service of the Scriptures
- Sometimes the Quran is Written on Stone and Often on Paper?
- The Scope, Style and Effect of the Holy Quran
- The History of the Qur’anic Text: From Revelation to Compilation
- Sources or Criteria for Interpretation of the Holy Quran
- The Quran Gives Principles of Justice, But No Judicial System
- The Quran Only Means What Our Wisdom and Intentions Dictate: A Progressive Understanding
- The Holy Quran and the Seventh Century Arabian Metaphors
- Is God Alive or Dead: A Metaphor for the Scriptures from the US Constitution?
- God Is Living, So Why Does Religion Treat God As Dead?
- I was an Isis sex slave. I tell my story because it is the best weapon I have
The above video saved in the Muslim Times as well to preserve its longevity: