Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Evangelicals Question The Existence of Adam and Eve

NPR recently did a segment on the debate over the "Historical Adam and Eve". Here is part of the article from NPR's site.

According to the Bible (Genesis 2:7), this is how humanity began: "The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." God then called the man Adam, and later created Eve from Adam's rib.

Polls by Gallup and the Pew Research Center find that four out of 10 Americans believe this account. It's a central tenet for much of conservative Christianity, from evangelicals to confessional churches such as the Christian Reformed Church.

But now some conservative scholars are saying publicly that they can no longer believe the Genesis account. Asked how likely it is that we all descended from Adam and Eve, Dennis Venema, a biologist at Trinity Western University, replies: "That would be against all the genomic evidence that we've assembled over the last 20 years, so not likely at all."


What are your thoughts on the matter?

Do you hold to a historical Adam and Eve?

Does it matter? Why or why not?


emergingjim said...

I think that it has as much chance of being true (and is as important) as finding out next week that, in fact, the sun does revolve around the earth which sits atop a cosmic pillar.

That is to say - zero.

Anonymous said...

If we are going to compare this "evolutionary" controversy concerning the supposedly questionable existence of adam and Eve to "a Galileo moment," the author should have at least got his facts straight. The Galileo controversy was certainly not a simple case of science versus the church (i.e Roman Catholic). As many historians of science have pointed out, the first to oppose Galileo was the scientific establishment itself. The prevailing "scientific wisdom" of the day was the Aristotelian/Ptolemaic theory--a geocentric system, with the earth at the center of the universe. It is not ironic that the four heroes of a heliocentric (sun-centered solar system)--Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler and Newton--were all young-earth creationists--a fact that teachers who are evolutionists students seldom, if ever, tell their students when discussing the "Galileo" controversy. The historian J.B. Russell, has documented that nearly all Christian scholars who have ever discussed the shape of the earth, have assented to its roundness (spheroidal).