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Adam and the Genome: Rethinking the 'Historical' Adam

Wednesday, Jul 26, 2017 at 7:30PM - 9:00 PM

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The Human Genome Project contends that the DNA of current humans comes from approximately 1000 hominins. What does this do to the construct of the "historical Adam," passed on and used as a foundation in much Christian theology and evangelism? In this lecture, Dr. McKnight and Dr. Venema examine the Human Genome Project and its implications for our understanding of the historical Adam. The lecture concludes by proposing that a return to the biblical text and the Jewish tradition surrounding Adam (and his neglected partner Eve) have power to shed important light on our understanding of Genesis and what exactly Paul meant in Romans 5:12-21.

This lecture is part of our 2017 Summer Evening Public Lecture series. 

Dr. Scot McKnight is a recognized authority on early Christianity, the New Testament, and the historical Jesus. An author of more than thirty books and a Professor of New Testament at Northern Seminary in Lombard, IL, Dr. McKnight has given interviews on several television and radio programs and regularly speaks at local churches, conferences, colleges, and seminaries in the USA and abroad.

Dr. Dennis Venema is professor of Biology at Trinity Western University and Fellow of Biology for the BioLogos Foundation. He is co-author, with Scot McKnight, of Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture After Genetic Science (Brazos, 2017). He writes for, and speaks frequently to, Evangelical audiences on the evidence for evolution.  

Dr. McKnight will be teaching the class "Paul as Pastor" from July 24–28, 2017 as part of our 2017 Summer Programs. Learn more at

Regent College Chapel

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Scot McKnight

Julis R. Mantey Professor of New Testament (Northern Seminary)


Dennis Venema

Professor of Biology; Fellow of Biology (Trinity Western University; Biologos Foundation)

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