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Book Review – God, Adam, and You Edited by Richard D. Phillips

Title:  God, Adam, and You
Author: Richard D. Phillips
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God, Adam, and You is a collection of essays by some of today’s more trusted names in conservative Reformed theology.  With contributors such as Joel Beeke, Derek Thomas, and Liam Goligher it promised to be a reliable treatment of the topic of Biblical Creation. I was not disappointed.

cover63241-smallFrom the very beginning this book proved to be different than most that I have read from the conservative creationist perspective. The authors moved beyond the common argument of “consider the implications” and toward a robust Biblical and theological treatment of topics such as the historicity of Adam, anthropology, and evolution. It also treated the issues of gender, marriage and sexuality within the proper context of the Biblical text.  I felt that Kevin DeYoung’s teatment of the two views of the human person was brilliant. Toward the end of the book you are treated to a glimpse of the restoration of Eden and a wondeful (albeit brief) tour through 19th & 20th century theology of original sin by Carl Trueman. This exciting tour takes you from Schleiremacher to Pannenberg.

My only disappointment with the book is that it did not include a section on Multmann’s theology of creation (1984 – 1985 Gifford Lectures later published as God in Creation). Since Moltmann has been highly influential in shaping the theological dialogue regarding creation I assumed that this book would include a treatment of his thought. Especially as it relates to his ecological, and panentheistic/process influences in modern liberal theology. As a result, the average person is still left with few places to turn to in order to understand the errors of Multmann’s theology. This was the only thing that I felt was left to address in this very broad topic.

I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone interested in the topic of creation and all of the peripheral topics which flow from it.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Presbyterian & Reformed Publishing via NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

4 thoughts on “Book Review – God, Adam, and You Edited by Richard D. Phillips

  1. Kent

    I just started this book! So far it is very good but over my head in a few places. Thanks for the review. It helps!


      Kent, press on with it. You won’t be disappointed!

  2. Leah

    Excellent! Would you recommend this for children? I homeschool and am looking for something more advanced for my high school aged kids.


      Hello Leah, we homeschool as well although our oldest is just fourteen. I think this book would be great for an older child. However, as you already know each child is so different. You may be able to purchase a cheaper Kindle version and scan it to see if your children would be ready. I am always excited to see other homeschool parents and to learn from their wisdom so be sure to stop by and interact often!

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