Joshua, thanks for your efforts and time spent on the subject!
I read your interview with Christianity Today. In this article, you said “If we keep straight what the science is actually saying, the story of Genesis could be true as literally as you could imagine it, with Adam being created by dust and God breathing into his nostrils and Eve being created from his rib. But evolution is happening outside the Garden, and there are people out there who God created in a different way and who end up intermingling with Adam and Eve’s descendants. It’s not actually in conflict with evolutionary science”.
I agree with this, in that I think Genesis 1 is discussing the story of God originally creating humanity, and chapter 2 of Genesis is explaining when God later made Adam and Eve.
What do you think of the study, “Does mitochondria define a species?”.
The evidence from their study indicates that most current life forms emerged from small groups about 150-300,000 years ago. Other archaeological evidence shows modern civilization and modern agricultural plants and animals, and humanity engaging in these modern agricultural processes, roughly emerged about 6000 years ago. This coincides with the biblical timeline of Adam and Eve being created and their genetics being injected into the mainstream of other Homo genetic lines over a period of perhaps several hundred years. What I’m suggesting is that, based on the evidence, God wrote the DNA code and created this sixth era about 150 to 300,000 years ago, and ejected humanity with new humans with an enhanced ability to build and farm about 6000 years ago.
I’m aware of the scientific stigma surrounding this, in deviating from evolution thought that biological creatures evolved over many millions of years. The two authors of the above study I’m sure felt the pressure of this stigma, but the factual evidence of their study, I think, actually doesn’t support evolution.
I’m very interested to see what you think of their findings. If you have the time to respond, I would greatly appreciate your input on this.