Adam's Ancestors

Adam's Ancestors Race, Religion, and the Politics of Human Origins - Medicine, Science and Religion in Historical Context

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Winner of the Selection for Professional Reading List of the U.S. Marine Corps

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?"

Book information

ISBN: 9781421400655
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 202.2
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: x, 301
Weight: 518g
Height: 228mm
Width: 152mm
Spine width: 22mm