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Pete Enns & The Bible for Normal People

Release Date for The Evolution of Adam

The Bible for Normal People

Pete Enns, Ph.D.

Peter Enns (Ph.D., Harvard University) is Abram S. Clemens professor of biblical studies at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania. He has written numerous books, including The Bible Tells Me So, The Sin of Certainty, and How the Bible Actually Works. Tweets at @peteenns.

Hi folks. For those 2 or 3 dozen of you who are actually following this, I was just notified by Brazos Press that The Evolution of Adam will be sent to bloggers/reviewers January 4 or 5, and that Amazon should have it “in stock” around January 23.

I received my copy last week and read it cover to cover for the first time since I sent in the manuscript a few months ago. I think it’s a really good book and every American should buy at least one copy.

I’m also pretty sure I heard that Brazos is only releasing 500 copies the first year, so you should all preorder the book immediately, if not sooner.

All kidding aside, thanks to Brazos for working so hard to get this out so quickly. Thanks, too, to many others. Here is the book’s acknowledgment page.

I am thankful for the many who have given freely of their time to read through the manuscript at its early stages and make numerous and insightful comments: Steve Bohannon, Justin Dombrowski, Brad Gregory, Rob Kashow, Daniel Kirk, Nathan Mastenjak, David Vinson, and Brandon Withrow. Others read the manuscript but asked that their names not be included here, and I understand and support that decision. I have benefited greatly from all of their comments; yet, as is always the case, the final product remains entirely my own and does not necessarily reflect their own views. I would like to thank Rob Kashow and Steve Bohannon in particular for tracking down various sources for me. Rob Kashow also proofread the final version and compiled the Scripture index. Steve Bohannon compiled the always-tricky subject index. I am deeply grateful to both for their extra work.

Many others were involved in this project, albeit indirectly. I have had many conversations over the years with scientists of uncompromising Christian faith who have either struggled mightily with how their faith and scientific work can coexist or have given up the synthetic work and grown content to trade their time between parallel universes of faith and science. I also have before my mind’s eye those Christians who are looking for constructive ways forward in the ever-present challenge of being thinking Christians in a modern world. Promptings from these communities have led me to write this book.

Further, I continue to be thankful to God for the intellectual and spiritual influences that have crossed my humble path. My seminary and doctoral work helped clarify for me the types of questions the Bible is prepared to answer. My spiritual guides—pastors, friends, coworkers—have helped me remember why we ask those questions at all. I trust that this book will honor them all, some of blessed memory.

Finally, my wife, Sue, and now-grown children, Erich, Elizabeth, and Sophie, have shown great strength over some difficult years, and I am proud of them. Each is also gifted with a highly calibrated nonsense meter, which seems to be turned on any time I become enamored of the sound of my own words. They’ve kept it real.

Happy New Year, everyone.

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