I appreciate your willingness to admit this. As to theology not being able to make a case for Special creation, that would not necessarily be true.
Such a case could be made from the genesis accounts (and there are theologians that do make such a case)…
Just as there are theologians who make a case for evolution being compatible to the creation of plants/animals etc.
I acknowledge the possibility of special creation while agreeing that the text can be compatible with evolution.
With respect to Adam. The controversy is not only whether special creation is involved. Another major issue is whether Adam and Eve were the first human beings or not. Genealogical Adam seems to dilute this and point to an understanding of Adam/Eve as special humans (not very different from human beings who are created before them in terms of biology) chosen by God for a some specific purpose.
I lean towards the understanding that Adam and Eve were the first human beings. And all mankind proceeds from them.