The Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology

The Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology is published bi-annually by the Center for Pastor Theologians. The essays contained within the Bulletin are drawn from the papers presented at the Center’s theological symposia for pastors. As such, each volume of the Bulletin focuses on a single theological theme relevant to ministry and the life of the church. Spanning a wide ministry context (rural, urban, small church, mega church) and the breadth of evangelical denominational affiliations (Baptist, Anglican, Wesleyan, Reformed, Lutheran, Independent, etc.), the majority of our contributors are evangelical theologians and scholars whose primary vocation is pastoral ministry. It is our aim that the Bulletin model robust ecclesial theology — theology that is born out of a parish context and driven by parish questions and concerns.

Views of the contributors are their own, and not necessarily endorsed by the editorial staff or the Center. The Bulletin does not accept essay contributions outside the Center’s four pastoral fellowships.

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Current Volume

Essays on the Historical Adam
Volume 5.1 | May 2018

The essays in this first issue of the fifth volume of the Bulletin of Ecclesial Theology are drawn ‎from papers read at theological symposia in August 2016, October 2016, and June 2017 hosted by ‎the Center for Pastor Theologians in Oak Park, Illinois. These meeting brought together clergy from ‎various denominational backgrounds within the evangelical Christian tradition to discuss and explore ‎the contemporary debate and discussion on the question of the Historical Adam. Essay contributors ‎in the issue include John Yates III, Gerald Hiestand, Edward Klink, Matt Ward, and Joel Willitts. ‎Book reviews in this issue will likewise focus both on both contemporary and classic works relating ‎to the Historical Adam, original sin, and theological anthropology.‎


"Adam and Eve 'Above and Beyond' Darwin: Dietrich Bonhoeffer as a Model for a Faithful Theological Interpretation of the 'First Human Beings'" –– Joel Willitts

"Genesis Revealed: Second Adam Christology in the Fourth Gospel" –– Edward W. Klink III

"The Image of Adam: Death in Paul and Genesis 1–5" –– John W. Yates III

"A More Modest Adam: An Exploration of Irenaeus' Anthropology in Light of the Darwinian Account of Pre-Fall Death" –– Gerald Hiestand

"Liturgical Adam: What Every Pastor Needs to Know" –– Matt Ward


St. Anselm. Cur Deus Homo –– Edward W. Klink III and Olle T. Larson II

St. Augustine. Volumes 1 & 2: The Literal Meaning of Genesis –– Edward W. Klink III and Casey Ehlers

William VanDoodewaard. The Quest for the Historical Adam: Genesis, Hermeneutics, and Human Origins –– Nathan W. Chang

Ardel Canaday and Matthew Barrett. Four Views on the Historical Adam –– Benjamin D. Espinoza

Paul Coban, Tremper Longmann III, Christopher L. Reese, and Michael G. Strauss. Dictionary of Christianity and Science –– Kiem Le

Hans Madueme and Michael Reeves. Adam, the Fall and Original Sin: Theological, Biblical and Scientific Perspectives –– Jason A. Nicholls

William T. Cavanaugh and James K.A. Smith. Evolution and the Fall –– Gary L. Shultz Jr.

Peter C. Boutenoff. Beginnings: Ancient Christian Readings of the Biblical Creation Narratives –– Neal D. Presa

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