What is the matter with you? Why will you not fear God’s majesty, when He has created you stage by stage? Have you ever wondered how God created seven heavens, one above the other, placed the moon as a light in them and the sun as a lamp, how God made you spring forth from the earth like a plant, how He will return you into it and then bring you out again, and how He has spread the Earth out for you to walk along its spacious paths? (Al Quran 71:13-20)
Written and collected by Zia H Shah MD, Chief Editor of the Muslim Times
I had the honor of writing about historical Adam and its implication on Original Sin, way back in 2008. I had originally written about this issue, in the Religion and Science section of the Summer 2008 volume of the Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication of North America. Please read it on page 21 of the PDF file: Evaluating Original Sin against scientific discoveries.
Before I continue further, first a few words about the star of the above video and many others available in YouTube.
William Lane Craig (born August 23, 1949) is an American analytic philosopher, Christian apologist, author, and Wesleyan theologian who upholds the view of Molinism and neo-Apollinarianism. He is currently a Professor of Philosophy at Houston Christian University and a Research Professor of Philosophy at Biola University’s Talbot School of Theology. Craig has updated and defended the Kalam cosmological argument for the existence of God. He has also published work where he argues in favor of the historical plausibility of the resurrection of Jesus. His study of divine aseity and Platonism culminated with his book God Over All.
Now, I present a collection of materials and articles to understand the idea of historical Adam and its bearing on the Christian dogma of Original Sin and indirectly on atonement and resurrection.
I, also present how the truth of historical Adam, opens up metaphorical and progressive understanding of many of the verses of the holy Quran, as opposed to a literal or concrete reading of those verses.
As the criticism against many of the dogma of Christianity builds up, we can use William Lane Craig’s positive work and debates as regards the Kalam cosmological argument for the existence of God and objectivity of human morality to better understanding of and in the defense of Islam in the paradigm of Abrahamic faiths.
So, without further adoo, I present a host of materials and articles:
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)