@TedDavis Gen 1 and 2 provides the setting for the entire Bible, in that God is understood as the Creator of all, and humanity was created by God in His image, and breathed by God the breath of Life, and man became a living soul – it is this dimension of spiritual life and communion with God that is central, and indeed, is the meaning of Genesis. The consequences of disobedience, and also of deceived by the Tempter, are spelled out from Adam and Eve, and to their offspring; Genesis provides a direct link from Adam to Abraham and from there to Christ.
I find it somewhat staggering that this central theme appears to be lost in discussions which are otherwise virtually irrelevant – in these the focus becomes that of Darwinian evolution. If we understand and accept, the central message of Gen1-2 (and what follows), surely information that may speak to the planet and its inhabitants is somewhat interesting, but not essential. The counter to this is from those who wish to change the central message, and instead of focussing on the spiritual character of human beings, instead seek to rationalise their doubts and conflicts with nonsense regarding primitive impulses and materialistic concerns. Christianity has identified the “works of the flesh” and the “fruits of the Spirit” in great detail – this is how we understand Gen1-2. I suggest that we should give up on so many attempts at a synthesis of Darwinian thinking and that of Biblical understanding. The material composition of all life forms on this planet may eventually be understood, and all similarities and differences eventually (some day, but not soon) may be articulated. Even if this were to eventuate, the message of Genesis, and the Bible, will remain the same.