Reviewing Adam and the Genome: Conclusion

Continuing the discussion from Reviewing Adam and the Genome:

The final review…

Swamidass offers one possible way of holding to both, and it is interesting to note that Venema admits that this is indeed possible; it is even more interesting to note that Venema’s rejoinder to it is distinctly theological. Venema’s criticisms deserve serious consideration, but the crucial point here is that he raises no scientific objections to the proposal. But Swamidass’s approach is not the only possibility here. Indeed, possible scenarios abound; scholars as diverse as C. S. Lewis, John Stott, Denis Alexander, and N. T. Wright have proffered theories.

So where does this leave us? Perhaps surprisingly, it leaves us with the conclusion that one need not reject belief in a historical Adam in order to affirm contemporary genetic science. And, of course, it leaves us with the conclusion that one need not reject the science in order to hold to belief in a historical Adam. Some Christians likely will hold the “Common Ancestry Thesis” and the “Large Initial Human Population Thesis” at arm’s length for other reasons (theological or otherwise), but they should not do so on the grounds that these theses are inconsistent with belief in a historical Adam. Others may dismiss commitment to a historical Adam for various reasons, but they need not do so on the motivation that this historic Christian belief is ruled out by the science. For those of us who remain convinced that belief in a historical Adam is scripturally warranted and theologically important, there is no reason to reject or fear the science.

It is quite good. What are your thoughts @DennisVenema?

@gbrooks9, is this evidence enough that the genealogical adam is important?

@Swamidass, It’s very encouraging! I look forward to reading @DennisVenema’s thoughts.

But to actually deliver on the “No fear from science”… The audience needs to be ok with the following:

o Earth much older than 6000 years;

o Adam and Eve being A Common Ancestral Pair, rather than the ONLY Common Ancestral Pair!


And many of them are okay with this.

Yes, this is not satisfying for YECs, but read the article. They are saying exactly what I have been telling you for a long time. A genealogical Adam, because of Romans 5:12, is extremely important to many conservatives.

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