Origin of the Human Species

The new and expanded third edition of Origin of the Human Species (Ave Maria, FL: Sapientia Press, 2014), ISBN 978-1-9325-8968-9, can be ordered online through the Catholic University of America Press at this website: http://cuapress.cua.edu/books/viewbook.cfm?book=XBOH. or through Amazon

Origin of the Human Species, a wide-ranging philosophical and interdisciplinary analysis of evolutionary theory, show shows authentic Christian teaching on Adam and Eve and Original Sin is fully compatible with legitimate modern science, without committing to young-Earth scientific creationism or a theistic evolutionism that compromises Christian belief.  A number of positive reviews have appeared, including ones in The Review of Metaphysics, First Things, The Fellowship of Catholic Scholars Quarterly, and ITEST (Institute for Theological Encounter with Science and Technology).

In October, 2003, Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University published the second edition of Origin of the Human Species, by Dr. Dennis Bonnette, who retired at the end of 2003 as a full Professor of Philosophy at Niagara University in Lewiston, New York.  Rodopi, B.V. (Amsterdam-Atlanta, GA), published the first edition in March 2001.  Dr. Peter A. Redpath, full Professor of Philosophy at St. John's University in Staten Island, New York, edited that first edition, which sold out in eighteen months.  The Sapientia Press second edition makes this work more readily available in the Untied States and at a much lower price.  Completely revised in format, this edition contains a new foreword by nationally-acclaimed Intelligent Design theorist, Dr. Michael J. Behe of Lehigh University , Professor of Biological Sciences and author of Darwin?s Black Box.


Excerpt from the Preface to the Second Edition:

Hundreds of books deal with evolutionary theory and human origins.  The vast majority fall into one of two categories: (1) those that offer conventional natural science, but embrace either atheistic naturalism or a theistic evolutionism that fails to support basic elements of Christian theology, especially the historicity of Adam and Eve and the reality of Original Sin; or (2) those that try to sustain basic Christian beliefs about Genesis, but embrace a young-Earth creationism whose scientific credentials are suspect.  Origin of the Human Species differs in that it shows in great detail how conventional human evolutionary theory is entirely compatible with sound Scriptural interpretation and traditional theology.

While the Catechism of the Catholic Church (390) affirms that Genesis 3 uses figurative language, it affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place a the beginning of the history of man.

What is not explicitly said in the first edition of Origin of the Human Species is that three alternative possible explanations of human origins are offered, each consistent with authentic reading of Sacred Scripture.  They are based upon (1) young-Earth scientific creationism, (2) the current theory of human evolution, and (3) a non-conventional, but possibly credible, alternative scenario based upon paleoanthropological data.  I do not propose each as equally probable.  Still, because of natural science's epistemological limitations, each alternative is presented as a theoretical possibility.  Taken together, these alternative explanations permit a disjunctive explanatory completeness consistent with authentic interpretation of Scriptural revelation about human origins.


What Is New in the Expanded Third Edition:

The preface to the Third Edition addresses recently-discovered evidence which leads to a new estimate concerning the possible time of origin of the human species.  The Third Edition also contains two new appendices: the first defends a literal Adam and Eve against recent claims by some geneticists that a single mating pair of first true human parents is scientifically impossible; the second shows why a purely Darwinian naturalistic explanation for the evolution of new and essentially superior forms of life is philosophically impossible.  This work resolves many philosophical and theological issues raised by evolutionary theory.



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