Sunday Walk 61 – Adam and Eve

The genetic evidence strongly suggests that Y Chromosome Adam/Noah and Mitochondrial Eve were not just real people, they were the progenitors of us all.

Carter, R.W., S.S. Lee, and J.C. Sanford. An overview of the independent histories of the human Y-chromosome and the human mitochondrial chromosome. 2018. In Proceedings of the Eighth International Conference on Creationism, ed. J.H. Whitmore, pp. 133–151. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: Creation Science Fellowship.

After the Fall, Adam named his wife Eve. (Genesis 3:20) Today geneticists talk about Y Chromosome Adam and Mitochondrial Eve. The controversy is over estimates of how long ago they lived. If the estimates are over fifty thousand years ago, and you believed it, that would strongly show the Bible is wrong. If the estimates are under ten thousand years, and you believed it, that would confirm the biblical account.

The Bible also mentions a global flood with three couples, Noah’s sons and their wives (Genesis 6-8). This population bottleneck should appear in the genetic record as well and indeed one can find it. Nathaniel T. Jeanson and Ashley D. Holland in 2019 “confirm a 4,500-year history for human paternal ancestry”.

At about 25:00 in the video below John Sanford provided seven lines of genetic evidence supporting the idea of a literal Adam and Eve.

(1) Mitochondrial Eve
(2) Y-Chromosome Adam
(3) Population Bottleneck
(4) Designed Variants in Genome
(5) Babel Dispersion
(6) Ape-to-Man Refuted
(7) Genetic Entropy

John Sanford, Genetic Entropy, Evolution & the Bible

Does that make you look at yourself differently? Do you still think that you are evolved stardust? None of us are.

Additional information on Adam and Eve and other science topics can be found at LogosRA.


I will include the Parashat Torah readings and Haftarah selections from the rest of the Bible in this set of readings since yesterday the reading of the Torah began again in Genesis. I will be using the Chabad.org calendar to find the name of the reading and the Jewish Virtual Library for the verses involved.

Weekly Bible Reading:  Isaiah (Audio), Jeremiah (Audio)
26 Tishrei, 5782, Bereishit: Parashat Genesis 1:1-6:8; Haftarat Isaiah 42:5-43:11
Commentaries: 
David Pawson, Isaiah, Part 38, Jeremiah, Part 39, Unlocking the Bible
Bible Project, Isaiah (40-66) and Jeremiah

Author: Frank Hubeny

I enjoy walking, poetry and short prose as well as taking pictures with my phone.

11 thoughts on “Sunday Walk 61 – Adam and Eve”

  1. Frank,
    Fascinating to hear of such genetic theory aligning with Scripture as research and methodology improves. Praying you and your wife are recovering well from your illness.
    pax,
    dora

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    1. I have studied Craig’s Kalam argument over the past ten years. I understand he has taken a position on the historical Adam: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2021/10/the-historical-adam

      Bill Roach provides a theological criticism of Craig’s view on Adam: https://youtu.be/f9CzHsth6qA

      Creation Ministries International criticizes Craig’s position based on its rejection of original sin: https://creation.com/craig-original-sin

      I am most convinced by geneticists like John Sanford. Given genetic entropy the human species cannot be very old. The deep time dates are there to give evolution’s mechanism, mutations filtered through natural selection, time to produce species without God. However, genetic entropy claims mutations lead to extinction, not increased information. Nor is there really enough deep time for chance mutations to serve as a viable mechanism for evolution.

      I don’t see why Craig wants to mythologize Genesis given that there’s no scientific reason to do so and doing so would undermine Biblical inerrancy.

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