I’ve often recalled, from my days as a YEC, constantly reading Ken Ham’s assertions about how attempts to blend evolution with Christianity distorts the Gospel. He posits arguments such as:
- If animals had died before Adam, it would undermine the idea of death being a consequence of sin.
- If evolution results in improvement in lifeforms, what is the point of the curse God placed on nature?
- If there was no literal Adam and Eve and no primordial paradise ruined by sin, what was the point of Jesus coming to Earth?
- If evolution is true, what will the restored universe be like? Mutations and survival of the fittest?
- The foundation of marriage is rooted in a literal Adam and Eve.
- All lifeforms on Earth were originally herbivores.
- Vegetation is 72-hours older than insects, rather than the two showing up around the same time and evolved through reciprocity.
These days, I believe that when Moses wrote the first chapters of Genesis, he intended those to be understood in apocalyptic terms rather than literal ones. After all, just as John didn’t say Satan was a literal dragon in Revelation, so too does Moses not say he was a literal snake.
Yet I still wonder how stuff like this works out. Can anyone provide a source?