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Jesus, History and Mount Darwin:

An Academic Excursion

By Rick Kennedy

Jesus, History and Mount Darwin

Jesus, History and Mount Darwin:

An Academic Excursion

By Rick Kennedy

A thoughtful and highly readable comparison of the ancient history of the bible and the natural history of evolution as academic subjects.

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Available as: Paperback, PDF

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ISBN: 9780718891893

Specifications: 229x153mm (9x6in), 112pp

Published: October 2008


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ISBN: 9780718842000

Specifications: 122pp

Published: December 2013

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Written in the genre of Henry David Thoreau's travel-thinking essays, Jesus, History, and Mount Darwin: An Academic Excursion is the story of a three-day climb into the Evolution Range of the High Sierra mountains of California. Mount Darwin stands among other near-14,000-foot high mountains that are named after promoters of religious versions of evolutionary thinking.

Rick Kennedy, a history professor from a small college, uses the climb as an opportunity to think about general education and how both the natural history of evolution and the ancient history of Jesus can find a home in the Aristotelian diversity of university methods.

Kennedy offers the academic foundations for the credibility and reliability of accounts of Jesus in the New Testament, while pointing out that these foundations have the same weaknesses and strengths that ancient history has in general. Natural history, Kennedy points out, has a different set of strengths and weaknesses from ancient history. Overall, the book reminds students and professors of the wisdom in being humble.

1. The Plan
2. Road Trip
3. Base Camp
4. Mount Darwin
5. Homeward


Rick Kennedy is professor of history at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. He is the author of A History of Reasonableness: Testimony and Authority in the Art of Thinking (2004).