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 models 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 5.2 | October 2018

The essays in this second 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 meetings 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 J. Ryan Davidson, Jonathan Huggins, Michael LeFebvre, Benjamin Petroelje, and Joshua Philpot. 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.


"All the Generations from Adam to this Day: The Place of Adam in the Apostolic Fathers" –– J. Ryan Davidson

"N.T. Wright on the Historical Adam" –– Jonathan Huggins

"Adam Reigns in Eden: Genesis and the Origin of Kingship" –– Michael LeFebvre

"The Plight and Solution of the Primitive Person" –– Benjamin Petroelje

"See the True and Better Adam: Typology and Human Origins –– Joshua Philpot


J.P Morleland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger, and Wayne Grudem, Editors. Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique –– Jay Thomas

Stanley P. Rosenberg, Michale Burdett, Michael Lloyd, and Benno Van Den Toren, Editors. Finding Ourselves After Darwin: Conversations on the Image of God, Original Sin, and the Problem of Evil –– Gary L. Shultz Jr.

Francis S. Collins. The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief –– Chris Bruno

John Steinbeck. East of Eden. –– Matthew A. WIlcoxen

John H. Walton, The Lost World of Adam and Eve –– Babatunde Oladimeji

Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene, 40th Anniversary Edition –– Gerald Hiestand

Deborah B. Haarsma & Loren D. Haarsma. Origins: Christian Perspectives on Creation, Evolution, and Intelligent Design, Revised Edition –– Zachary C. Wagner

Previous Volumes of the BET