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By David N. Livingstone

Although the concept that all people are descended from Adam is a long-standing conviction within the West, one other model of this narrative exists: humans inhabited the Earth sooner than, or along, Adam, and their descendants nonetheless occupy the planet.

In this attractive and provocative paintings, David N. Livingstone strains the historical past 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 suggestion has been used for cultural, non secular, and political reasons. He finds how what started as biblical feedback grew to become a theological apologetic to reconcile faith with science—evolution in particular—and was once later used to aid 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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And then in 1654, after various travels as part of the prince of Condé’s entourage, he came into contact with the recently abdicated Queen Christina of Sweden, who showed much interest in his ideas. A patron of the arts and literary culture and recent convert to Catholicism, she encouraged him to make the theory public by having it published in Amsterdam. He took her advice, and the work came out anonymously in several editions, three by its Dutch publisher Elzevier and at least one in Basel. But anonymity counted for nothing; there was no doubting who the author was.

The papal legate had been dispatched from Rome to Spain to determine once and for all whether the Indians shared the imago Dei or were a distinctly other species, whether they were fundamentally bestial and fitted only for slavery or sufficiently advanced that they should not be considered barbarians. The implications were potentially far-reaching, for on its adjudication hung the answer to the question whether waging war on the Indians as a means of civilizing and Christianizing them was justified.

Two major works in particular provided him with historical data, one of old Icelandic origins, the other modern Danish. From a text described as the “Icelandic Chronicle” (possibly from the early-thirteenth-century survey of an unknown writer named Morkinskinna), La Peyrère learned of the Skreglinguer people who inhabited the western flank of Greenland, and he reported that “Doctor Vormius [the Ole Worm just mentioned], the most learned of all the doctors in northern researches . . ” This was a critical intervention: it meant that the native peoples of Greenland were not descended from northern Europeans.

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