It’s difficult to believe that in the early part of the 21st century there should be finding the debate amongst evangelicals regarding the existence of Adam and Eve or that it should be of any interest. Perhaps this is a significant moment for American church people that will allow them to reclaim a modicum of intellectual respectability……….or not.
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.”
“Evolution makes it pretty clear that in nature, and in the moral experience of human beings, there never was any such paradise to be lost,” Schneider says. “So Christians, I think, have a challenge, have a job on their hands to reformulate some of their tradition about human beginnings.”
Medicynical Note: Who knows what’s next? That earth is billions of years old? Acceptance of evolution as the best explanation of man and life on earth? Acceptance of the bible as a book of nice stories?
Or perhaps, more likely, banishment and ostracism of the heretics.