This is a link for an article published today at BioLogos:
Why I Think Adam was a Real Person in History
June 11, 2018 | By Kathryn Applegate on Endless Forms Most Beautiful
She specifically addresses the @swamidass Model in the text below:
“If I accept a historical Adam, why not also accept a special, de novo creation of Adam?
It might be construed as cherry-picking to accept a literal Adam but reject the vivid description of Adam and Eve being formed of dust and rib.”
“Indeed, one recent proposal put forward by Joshua Swamidass envisions just such a de novo, special creation of Adam and Eve, whose offspring interbred with biologically compatible humans who were products of evolution. Any such genetic evidence would not be expected to be preserved. This approach has the hermeneutical advantage (according to some) of de novo creation of a single pair, while at the same time allowing for evolution of the rest of humanity.”
“Science is silent here: it doesn’t point to this possibility, nor does it rule it out. Of course God could have miraculously created Adam and Eve in this way, but it doesn’t seem necessary for affirming a historical pair. Also, one wonders why God would make two individuals who are presumably biologically identical to other humans at that time.”
[This last strikes me as rather over-confident, or at least tone-deaf regarding Evangelical bias!]
"Furthermore, is this hypothesis any more likely than one that supposes we were all created de novo five minutes ago, with implanted memories of our childhoods and what we ate for breakfast? (I am not poking fun—this is a serious question! Science doesn’t rule this out either.)
“In my view, this creative proposal deserves further reflection.”
“For my part, I am indebted to a number of Bible scholars who have persuasively argued that Genesis 2 is not intended to be a blow-by-blow account of how God fashioned two people’s bodies from dust and rib. Consider Genesis 2:7: “the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground. . . . . . . As for Eve, Walton points out that the Hebrew word for “rib” could also be translated “side.” Eve is literally Adam’s other half.”
[ ^^ This idea is found in the Zoroastrian Creation Myth, and is discussed at some length in some of the Greek writings about the beginning of the world! ]
It’s a fairly short article… and I think it’s a balanced way of saying there’s some value to the Swamidass Model!