Part of our book chapter reprint series, this article by Trent D. Stephens originally appeared in Science & Mormonism Series 1: Cosmos, Earth, and Man (2016).
Abstract:Trent Stephens, retired professor at Idaho State University, describes his personal views on pre-Adamic people. After a review of the plan of salvation, he wonders whether the Fall could have been “both anticipatory and retroactive? In other words, could it be the case that not only those who lived after Adam and Eve but also that there were many who lived before Adam and Eve who partook of the Fall as well as the Atonement.”
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