Did Adam and Eve Really Exist in Human History?

Asked how likely it is that we all descended from Adam and Eve, Dennis Venema, a biologist at Trinity Western University, replied: "That would be against all the genomics evidence that we’ve assembled over the last 20 years, so not likely at all."

Barbara Bradley Hagerty, "Evangelicals Question The Existence Of Adam And Eve", NPR (August 9, 2011).

Richard N. Ostling, "The Search for the Historical Adam", Christianity Today (June 2011).

Dennis Venema and Darrel Falk, "Does Genetics Point to a Single Primal Couple?", BioLogos blog (April 5, 2010).

Purcell Origin of the Human Species Creation and Evolution: A Conference with Pope Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo In the Beginning Saint Paul

Recommended Reading:

Dennis Bonnette, "Must Human Evolution Contradict Genesis?", New Oxford Review (July–August 2007).

Edward Feser, "Modern biology and original sin, Part I" (Sep 6, 2011).

Edward Feser, "Monkey in your soul" (Sep 12, 2011).

Edward Feser, "Modern biology and original sin, Part II" (Sep 23, 2011).

Kenneth W. Kemp, "Science, Theology, and Monogenesis", American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly 85.2 (2011): 217–236. [PDF]

Msgr. Charles Pope, "The Problem of Polygenism in Accepting the Theory of Evolution", Archdiocese of Washington blog (October 18, 2010).


Background Reading:

Benedict Ashley, "Causality and Evolution", The Thomist 36.2 (1972): 199–230.

Francisco José Ayala, O.P., "Man in Evolution: A Scientific Statement and Some Theological and Ethical Implications", The Thomist 31.1 (1967): 1–20.

Pope Benedict XVI, "On Christ, the New Adam", (December 3, 2008). [PDF version is available from ZENIT]

W. Norris Clarke, S.J., "The Immediate Creation of the Human Soul by God and Some Contemporary Challenges", in The Creative Retrieval of St. Thomas Aquinas (New York: Fordham University Press, 2009), 173–190.

John Deely, "The Emergence of Man: An Inquiry Into the Operation of Natural Selection in the Making of Man", The New Scholasticism 40 (1966): 141–176. Reprinted in John Deely and Raymond J. Nogar (eds.), The Problem of Evolution (New York: Appleton Century-Crofts, 1973), 120–145. Also reprinted in Paul Cobley (ed.), Realism for the 21st Century: A John Deely Reader (Scranton, Pennsylvania: University of Scranton Press, 2009), 21–53.

John Deely, "The Philosophical Dimensions of The Origin of Species, Part 1", The Thomist 33.1 (1969): 75–149.

John Deely, "The Philosophical Dimensions of The Origin of Species, Part 2", The Thomist 33.2 (1969): 251–342.

Brian W. Harrison, "Early Vatican Responses to Evolutionist Theology", Living Tradition 93 (May 2001); also [LT 97] & [LT 98].

Kenneth W. Kemp, "Three Lectures on Evolution & Creation": [Creation] [Evolution] [Science & Religion]; and "What is Academic Freedom?".

Sandro Magister, "And It Was Night. The Real Story of Original Sin", www.cheisa (December 11, 2008).

Jacques Maritain, "Toward a Thomist Idea of Evolution", in Untrammeled Approaches, Collected Works vol. XX (Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 1996), 85–131, esp. 104–105, 121.

Kevin A. McMahon, "Karl Rahner and the Theology of Human Origins", The Thomist 66 (2002): 499–517.

Christopher S. Morrissey, "Original Sin and Generative Anthropology", Anthropoetics 13.2 (2007). ISSN 1083-7264.

Christopher S. Morrissey, "The Epigenetic Evolution of the Immaterial Intellect on the Originary Scene", in Adam Katz (ed.) The Originary Hypothesis: a Minimal Proposal for Humanistic Inquiry, Critical Series in the Humanities (Aurora, Colorado: Davies Group, 2007), 75–99. ISBN 978-1-888570-36-6

Brendan Purcell, From Big Bang to Big Mystery: Human Origins in the Light of Creation and Evolution (Hyde Park, NY: New City Press, 2012). [Book reviews by Glenn Hughes and Cardinal Pell]

Dennis Venema, "An introduction to populations and speciation", BioLogos blog (Sep 15, 2011).

Dennis Venema and Darrel Falk, "Are we really related to apes, and other forms of life too? Signature in the Pseudogenes, Part 1", BioLogos blog (May 10, 2010).

Dennis Venema and Darrel Falk, "Are we really related to apes, and other forms of life too? Signature in the Pseudogenes, Part 2", BioLogos blog (May 17, 2010).

Pete Enns, "Paulís Adam (Part 3)" (Mar 23, 2010).

Perspectives on Science and Christian Faith, vol. 62, no. 3 (September 2010) theme issue, "Reading Genesis: The Historicity of Adam and Eve, Genomics and Evolutionary Science": [Collins] [Venema] [Harlow] [Schneider]

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