Philip Almond is Professor Emeritus in the Centre for the History of European Discourses at the University of Queensland.
Adam, Pre-Adamites, and Extra-Terrestrial Beings in Early Modern Europe
Article first published online: 24 MAY 2006
Journal of Religious History
Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 163–174, June 2006
How to Cite
ALMOND, P. (2006), Adam, Pre-Adamites, and Extra-Terrestrial Beings in Early Modern Europe. Journal of Religious History, 30: 163–174. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2006.00446.x
- Issue published online: 24 MAY 2006
- Article first published online: 24 MAY 2006
This article examines the question of the existence of non-Adamic persons — both terrestrial and extra-terrestrial — in early modern Europe. More particularly it looks at how the existence of non-Adamites seriously called into question the credibility of the central themes of the Christian story of the creation, fall and redemption in Jesus Christ in early modern Europe. It analyses the impact on the Christian view of history caused by the discovery of the inhabitants of the New World, speculations about the polygenetic origins of the human race, and discussions about the plurality of worlds. It concludes with some reflections on the monogenetic and polygenetic accounts of the origin of humans in a post-Darwinian context.