My Turn – NPR and the Evolving Question of Adam and Eve

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It is not about whether or not Adam and Eve existed – it is about whether or not what the story actually meant exists. What if Adam represented Israel or some smaller group of primitive peoples? Adam in of himself doesn’t exist, but those people do. Thus, the story remains true, with the meaning existing, but Adam, who was never meant to exist anyway, doesn’t. What is at stake here is not the inspiration of Scripture, but our own private interpretations, and very much, our doctrinal pride.

I am amazed that as open-minded people come, as serious as they are about studying, as moved by the Spirit of Knowledge to seek God’s Truth, they still, often times still come down to a black and white view.

From NPR:

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.”

Um… what if we were never really meant to understand all of humanity descended from Adam and Eve but that they represented a covenantal people which fell? Or some yet actually undiscovered notion…

But, I love statements like this:

“From my viewpoint, a historical Adam and Eve is absolutely central to the truth claims of the Christian faith,” says Fazale Rana, vice president of Reasons To Believe, an evangelical think tank that questions evolution. Rana, who has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ohio University, readily admits that small details of Scripture could be wrong.

No. Jesus Christ is the absolutely central truth of the claims of the Christian Faith. That’s why Christianity has become what it has in the eyes of many – because Jesus Christ is no longer the ‘absolute central’ anything in the Christian Faith.

Anyway, James McGrath has a post up with links to others.

Everyone else, go read John Walton’s book, Lost World of Genesis One.

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Joel L. Watts
Joel L. Watts holds a Masters of Arts from United Theological Seminary with a focus in literary and rhetorical criticism of the New Testament. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of the Free State, analyzing Paul’s model of atonement in Galatians. He is the author of Mimetic Criticism of the Gospel of Mark: Introduction and Commentary (Wipf and Stock, 2013), a co-editor and contributor to From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls (Energion, 2013), and Praying in God's Theater, Meditations on the Book of Revelation (Wipf and Stock, 2014).

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