Adam and Eve

On National Public radio this week, there was a discussion about Adam and Eve and their descendants.   One of the questions posed:   are we all descendants of this couple?   One scientist said there is no way that we all came from Adam and Eve.  The DNA and other scientific evidence doesn’t support such a conclusion.  I thought to inquire of a theologian.   My first opportunity came with the wife of a well-known Christian professor-preacher.   Her answer surprised me.   “Did we all come from Adam and Eve?”, I asked.  “No, of course not”, she answered.   “It’s just a lovely and simple way of explaining our origins.”  That raises the issue of whether Christians can believe in selective parts of the Bible and disbelieve the rest.

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One Response to “Adam and Eve”

  1. J. D. Brandenburg Says:

    “It’s just a lovely and simple way of explaining our origins.” Not exactly. Regardless of the origins of humanity, whether through evolution over billions of years, or by Divine will, one should not dismiss immediately the possibility that all humanity are descended from the traditional Biblical ancestors of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, who were genuine historical figures and the forefathers of many nations. DNA evidence already confirms that there is, for example, a probable common ancestor for male descendants of the ancient Jewish priesthood, that common ancestor being Aaron, the brother of Moses. The Cohen Modal Haplotype points to a common ancestor from the time of the Exodus out of Egypt. Various DNA studies also point to common ancestry for whole nations or even multiple nations from Genghis Khan and Niall of the Nine Hostages, both of whom were far more recent chronologically than Moses and Aaron, or of the remote ancestors of these men, i.e. Abraham, Noah, and ultimately Adam and Eve. After thousands of generations of humanity, it is quite likely that everyone on planet Earth almost certainly is descended from the Bible’s Adam and Eve, even if there were hundreds or thousands of such “original couples” contemporary with them. Science and theology are not mutually exclusive. It is ashamed that this “wife of a well-known Christian professor-preacher” has expressed such a simplistic, almost flippant answer to such an awesome question.

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