By David N. Livingstone

ISBN-10: 0801888131

ISBN-13: 9780801888137

ISBN-10: 1421400650

ISBN-13: 9781421400655

even if the concept that all humans are descended from Adam is a long-standing conviction within the West, one other model of this narrative exists: people inhabited the Earth earlier than, or along, Adam, and their descendants nonetheless occupy the planet.In this enticing and provocative paintings, David N. Livingstone lines the heritage of the assumption of non-adamic humanity, and the debates surrounding it, from the center a while to the current day. From a multidisciplinary point of view, Livingstone examines how this substitute thought has been used for cultural, spiritual, and political reasons. He unearths how what all started as biblical feedback turned a theological apologetic to reconcile faith with technology -- evolution particularly -- and used to be later used to help arguments for white supremacy and segregation. From heresy to orthodoxy, from radicalism to conservatism, from humanitarianism to racism, Adam's Ancestors tells an interesting story of twists and turns within the cultural politics surrounding the age-old query, "Where did we come from?"

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