eleven scientists who held on to a strong faith
while wrestling with the mystery of human beings

Science and faith should be allies, not opponents, in the search for truth.

But when it comes to understanding the very beginnings of life, it is no easy task to reconcile the history taught in the Bible with the discoveries of the scientific community.


about the book

Science and faith should be allies, not opponents, in the search for truth.

But when it comes to understanding the very beginnings of life, it is no easy task to reconcile the history taught in the Bible with the discoveries of the scientific community.

Author Tim Stafford watched the tension between the beliefs of Darwin and the teaching of Genesis shake the faith of his family, ruin friendships, and leave Christians in the field of science feeling as though the doors of the church were closed to their profession.

He believes this civil war can stop. The scientific record and the truth of the Bible aren’t mutually exclusive. The Adam Quest offers a compelling new look at the beginnings of life as Stafford puts questions of dinosaurs, genealogy, and the age of the earth to eleven world-class scientists.

A sweeping book—touching everything from advances in genetics to a particle physicist striving to become Anglican priest—Stafford uses the stories and journeys of these remarkable men and women to provide a new diversity of answers. Scientific progress is carefully detailed, while the struggle toward truth and toward God is humanized.

A deeply informative look at Christians working in science, this book is for both believers and those who harbor doubts—an intersection of faith and science, and a safe place for questions. Whether you believe in a young earth, intelligent design, evolutionary creationism, or something else, The Adam Quest offers a chance to strengthen your faith, deepen your knowledge, and bring science back into the church.




To a debate that usually provokes accusations, name-calling, and polarization, Tim Stafford offers a wise, mediating overview. For some, this book may well be a faith-saver.
|| Philip Yancey - Author of What Good is God ||
If you’ve ever been troubled by the relationship between science, the Bible, and human origins—this book is for you. Tim is thoughtful of mind and generous of spirit—two qualities much needed in this discussion.
|| John Ortberg - senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, and author of Who Is This Man? ||
Tim Stafford provides a glimpse into the lives of eleven scientists with a strong commitment to Christian faith who are involved in the creation/evolution controversies, representing different perspectives. He goes beyond the technical details of the debates to reveal the personal experiences that underlie each of their convictions. Everyone interested in science and faith would benefit from this insightful perspective of the human sentiment behind the wide range of positions.
|| Randy Isaac - Executive Director, American Scientific Affiliation ||
Tim Stafford’s book is unique and impressive in the breadth of viewpoints presented by thoughtful Christian scholars. They clearly have profound differences in their approach to Biblical exegesis and interpretation of scientific knowledge. At the same time, each expresses an abiding faith in Christ and an unmistakable love of science. What these scientists share is far greater than the controversies that separate them. Stafford wants all of us to appreciate this as well, and his book is a big step toward fulfilling his hope.
|| Robert Kaita - Physicist at Princeton University ||
In The Adam Quest Tim set out to improve the tone of the debate about human origins. In my mind he succeeded. By promising to serve as a reporter rather than a polemicist, he gained the trust of advocates across the spectrum of positions on the subject. As a result we encounter eleven very different scientists as persons instead of protagonists. The result is a new window into the debate—or better yet, some oil on troubled waters.
|| Jack C. Swearengen - PhD Professor of Engineering (Retired), Author of Beyond Paradise? Technology and the Kingdom of God ||
The words "science" and "religion" placed side by side more often than not result in spontaneous combustion. Fiery invective and contention blaze from both sides.  Tim Stafford brings a breath of fresh air in the stench of invective that has characterized language used between science and religion since the days of Galileo.  He uses words between old rivals conversationally, listening words of mutual respect.
|| Eugene H Peterson - Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology Regent College, Vancouver, B.C. ||

about the author

Tim Stafford is Senior Writer for Christianity Today and the author of more than thirty books including The Student Bible (with Philip Yancey). His most recent publications are Miracles: A Journalist Looks at Modern-Day Experiences of God's Power, and Birmingham (a novel). Tim and his wife, Popie, have three children and live in Santa Rosa, California.


media inquiries

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