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."The idea of an evangelical biologist seems oxymoronic to me, but that's beside the point.
To many evangelicals, this is heresy.
"From my viewpoint, a historical Adam and Eve is absolutely central to the truth claims of the Christian faith," says Fazale Rana, vice president of Reasons To Believe, an evangelical think tank that questions evolution. Rana, who has a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Ohio University, readily admits that small details of Scripture could be wrong.
"But if the parts of Scripture that you are claiming to be false, in effect, are responsible for creating the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, then you've got a problem," Rana says.Again, this fundie has a Ph.D. in biochemistry? From an accredited university? What did they do, lie their way through college?
Of course, the fundies really do have a big problem if they open their eyes and face the scientific facts. By denying the idea that human beings arose from just two individuals, they will essentially have to throw out the core tenets of their belief. Why? Because if there was no Adam & Eve, then there was no original sin; if there was no original sin, then the idea that god made himself mortal in order to knowingly participate in his own assisted suicide for the sake of absolving us of our 'original sin' becomes moot. There would be no need for christ, his execution, or his resurrection. It would all be completely meaningless.
Small steps, right? We've got to celebrate all of the small steps. They will eventually get you somewhere.