Aug 13

Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? by C. John Collins

I have recently reviewed one of Jack Collin’s other books on Genesis 1-4. This text addresses a limited portion of that other book, focusing on a theological as well as scientific argument for the existence of a single pair of people forming the source and basis for the remainder of humanity.  There is a moderate amount of repetition between this book and the Genesis 1-4 text, and yet sufficient distinction to make both books worth reading. Collins seems to mostly be directing his arguments toward the new thinking of Theistic Evolution, and specifically countering arguments of the BioLogos forum that states that man evolved from hominids in the distant past, slowing acquiring their distinction as humans with a relationship to god. Briefly, Collins engages in an analysis of the key Adam and Eve texts throughout Scripture, and substantiates the importance of a single Adam and Eve character for the development of the whole of Christian theology. Throw out the traditional Adam and Eve and you result in a Christianity of a completely alien character to what we know. Thus, Adam and Eve must be more than theoretical or abstract constructs.

Three appendices at the end of the book were of great value to read in addition to the main text, and thus must not be skipped. The first dealt with a discussion of other ancient creation and flood texts that archeologists have made available to us. The second demonstrates Collin’s mind in reviewing James Barr, showing Collin’s ability to glean valuable insights from a writer that tends to lace his writings with what might be called theological rubbish. The third appendix is a brief discussion of timing in Genesis.

This is a short book to read, and can be handled by the usual person in several long evenings. The insights from this book offer valuable arguments against much of the trends in theistic evolution, as well as theological discussions that must be the thinking of all orthodox Christians. I would advise that Collin’s other text Genesis 1-4 be read before this text, and hopefully someday he merges the two texts into one tome.

 

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2 Responses to “Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?”

  1. Uncle Dennis says:

    “… the BioLogos forum that states that man evolved from hominids in the distant past, slowing acquiring their distinction as humans with a relationship to god. Briefly, Collins … substantiates the importance of a single Adam and Eve character for the development of the whole of Christian theology. Throw out the traditional Adam and Eve and you result in a Christianity of a completely alien character to what we know.”

    It might have been a completely alien character who was involved in the transcendence of some hominid – Neanderthal? Cro-Magnon? I don’t know – to the Adamite race. It is interesting that the Bible talks about Adam and his descendants, not about _homo sapiens_. There were genetically compatible non-Adamites around. Cain married one.

    The idea in our time of what is man is (like the Jew-Gentile confusion) also in need of being sorted out. The transformation of a hominid to Adamites by God’s agents (angels, who are ETs) would explain a 6000 year old date for Adam, a real historic character, while leaving the long ages of biological evolution of hominids intact. It would also explain to an extent similar events such as the Nephalim. Everybody should be left happy except possibly young-earthers.

    Maybe bioengineering is not all that new …

  2. I don’t think so, Dennis… your explanation does not leave me happy and I am not necessarily a young-earther. I am absolutely NOT a theistic evolutionist! Collins offers a much better and theologically (Biblically-I use the words synonymously as I mean them to be synonymous!) correct explanation of the Biblical data. Besides, I happen to know Collins personally and would attest to his ability to think through complex problems. His credentials exceed that of your dead friend Ludwig. Sorry, I don’t buy the BioLogos forum stance – they are heretics. There are other plausible explanations for the origins of Cain’s wife. You need not force a non-Biblical solution. You really should read some works by Collins as he is both a scientist as well as first-rate theologian. I believe he even may still be a member of the ASA.

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