S. Joshua Swamidass accomplishes something rare in The Genealogical Adam and Eve . It is not an exaggeration to say that he likely has changed the entire landscape of the creation/evolution discussion. In this book, Swamidass challenges the common notion that the belief in an historical Adam and Eve is inconsistent with genetic science. While not directly relevant to apologetics, the creation/evolution debate comes up frequently in evangelistic conversations, and therefore the apologist ought to consider what is being said on either side.
The Genealogical Adam and Eve is a book that everyone ought to read, but is of special importance to those who regularly engage in the science and religion dialogue. A quick glance at the endorsements of this book reveals that Swamidass’s work has gained the respect of thinkers ranging from conservative evangelical creationists to atheist secular biologists. This is significant because it testifies to the scientific rigor, theological depth, and heart for constructive conversation found within the text. While some of the discussions may be easier to understand for readers with a background in biology, Swamidass is careful to explain the technical details in an accessible way, making this book appropriate to anyone of any background. Whether or not Swamidass’s specific proposal about Adam and Eve takes root in the conversation, it is certain that his refocusing on genealogical ancestry instead of genetic ancestry will shape the conversation from here on out.