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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?"

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. ix-x
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  1. 1. BEGINNINGS: Questioning the Mosaic Record
  2. pp. 1-25
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  1. 2. HERESY: Isaac La Peyr
  2. pp. 26-51
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  1. 3. POLITY: The Cultural Politics of the Adamic Narrative
  2. pp. 52-79
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  1. 4. APOLOGETICS: Pre-Adamism and the Harmony of Science and Religion
  2. pp. 80-108
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  1. 5. ANTHROPOLOGY: Adam, Adamites, and the Science of Ethnology
  2. pp. 109-136
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  1. 6. ANCESTORS: Evolution and the Birth of Adam
  2. pp. 137-168
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  1. 7. BLOODLINES: Pre-Adamism and the Politics of Racial Supremacy
  2. pp. 169-200
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  1. 8. SHADOWS: The Continuing Legacy of Pre-Adamite Discourse
  2. pp. 201-218
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  1. 9. DIMENSIONS: Concluding Reflections
  2. pp. 219-224
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 225-254
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 255-285
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 287-301
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781421401430
Related ISBN
9781421400655
MARC Record
OCLC
794700339
Pages
320
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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