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Doing Without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin (Theology and the Sciences) [Paperback]

By Patricia A. Williams (Author)
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Item description for Doing Without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin (Theology and the Sciences) by Patricia A. Williams...

Overview
In this provocative new addition to the acclaimed series, Patricia Williams assays the doctrine of original sin with a scientific lens and, based on sociobiology, offers an alternative Christian account of human nature's foibles and future. Focusing on the Genesis 2 and 3 account Williams shows how its "historical" interpretation in early Christianity not only misread the text but derived an idea of being human profoundly at odds with experience and contemporary science. Williams's work, frank in its assessment of traditional misunderstandings, challenges theologians and all Christians to reassess the roots and branches of this linchpin doctrine.

Publishers Description
In this provocative new addition to the Theology and the Sciences series, Patricia Williams assays the original sin doctrine with a scientific lens and, based on sociobiology, offers an alternative Christian account of human nature's foibles and future.

Focusing on the Genesis 2 and 3 account, Williams shows how its "historical" interpretation in early Christianity not only misread the text but derived an idea of being human profoundly at odds with experience and contemporary science. After gauging Christianity's several competing notions of human nature -- Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox -- against contemporary biology, Williams turns to sociobiological accounts of the evolution of human dispositions toward reciprocity and limited cooperation as a source of human good and evil. From this vantage point she offers new interpretations of evil, sin, and the Christian doctrine of atonement.

Williams's work, frank in its assessment of traditional misunderstandings, challenges theologians and all Christians to reassess the roots and branches of this linchpin doctrine.

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Doing Without Adam and Eve: Sociobiology and Original Sin (Theology and the Sciences) by Patricia A. Williams has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

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Item Specifications...


Studio: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Pages   227
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.95" Width: 6.02" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.83 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 11, 2001
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Series  Theology And The Sciences  
ISBN  0800632850  
ISBN13  9780800632854  


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Patricia A. Williams was born in 1944 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Nursing Instructor, DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA.

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Provacative but not without error  Apr 24, 2008
I won't pretend to analyze William's argument, but I do appreciate her attempt to provide a sociobiological explanation of redemption.

I did find myself unable to claim it as a reliable reference for my graduate theology paper due to some blatant and fundamental misunderstandings of Catholic teaching. I am grateful, at least, that these errors emerged within the first chapter, so I didn't waste valuable research time.

This book may well prove helpful if you are looking for an expert on sociobiology in light of a Christian account of human origins. If your paper relies on accurate portrayal of Roman Catholic theology, however (as mine does), then you are best off to inquire elsewhere.
 
,,,  Jan 20, 2006
I disagree with the book and the whole concept of sociobiology but God bless her for maintaining her faith.
 

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