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Bibil Identifier bibil:155880
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Adam's Ancestors
Title (English, ) Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins
Author Livingstone, David N.
Series Medicine, Science, and Religion in Historical Context
Year (Publication) 2008
Year (Copyright) 2008
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2008
Year (Reference) 2008
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 49741
Place 39:9
Department Anthropologie
Publishing house The Johns Hopkins University Press
Place Baltimore
ISBN 978-0-8018-8813-7
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 301 Pages
x Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract Although the idea that all human beings are descended from Adam is a long—standing conviction in the West, another version of this narrative exists: human beings inhabited the Earth before, or alongside, Adam, and their descendants still occupy the planet.
In this engaging and provocative work, David N. Livingstone traces the history of the idea of non—Adamic humanity, and the debates surrounding it, from the Middle Ages to the present day. From a multidisciplinary perspective, Livingstone examines how this alternative idea has been used for cultural, religious, and political purposes. He reveals how what began as biblical criticism became a theological apologetic to reconcile religion with science -- evolution in particular -- and was later used to support arguments for white supremacy and segregation.
From heresy to orthodoxy, from radicalism to conservatism, from humanitarianism to racism, Adam's Ancestors tells an intriguing tale of twists and turns in the cultural politics surrounding the age—old question, "Where did we come from?"
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Adam
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Adam
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