In my last post
I talked about how Francis Collins' book 'The Language of God' got me thinking seriously about the ways in which we should approach Genesis 1 - 3.
First off, I am convinced that Adam and Eve are not figurative characters. That is to say, when the Scriptures refer to them, the author(s) had in mind two individuals who actually existed in the course of history. Here's two reasons why I say that.Genesis records clearly the genealogy of Adam. It says that he fathered Seth at the age of 130, and died after having lived 900 years.
Luke traces Jesus' male lineage from Joseph (Mary's husband) straight back to Adam.
I think that's an important fact to consider as we think about whether an evolutionary account of origins is compatible with a Biblical anthropology. Here's a few more questions we need to think through.Was 'God breathing life into man's nostrils' just a figurative statement? I think it could be.
What does Scripture mean when it says that man was 'formed from the dust'? If it's merely figurative, can it be harmonized with an evolutionary account of origins?
Your opinions and comments are much appreciated.