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Abstract

Modern Christians often find themselves at a crossroads when confronted with the two predominant understandings of human and universal origins. Plain sense readings of Genesis lead many to believe in a historical six-day creation that occurred in the past ten thousand years while proponents on the other side of the spectrum use current scientific understanding to support a creation that occurs through evolutionary means. How one views human origins has a profound impact on one’s concept of how God works in the cosmos. In this paper, I will lay out a background to better understand the characters of Adam and Eve within the context and purpose of Genesis as well as the Pauline letters. Then, I will show how a shift in one’s understanding of Adam and Eve may necessitate a change in one’s view of God’s action by outlining the major models of Divine agency. Finally, I will explore a model of Divine agency proposed by Thomas Oord and the implications it has on our relationship with the Divine.