I don’t know if you come across this this recent book and I had him on the show recently and by Joshua Swamidass: The Genealogical Adam and Eve. Someone on twitter, Dr. Neil Middleton, actually who’s also been on the show before wants you to know about your thoughts on this.
Just to very briefly put this in context if I can try and do justice to his thesis but essentially it’s that there there is a way of reconciling the idea of a human couple who are the progenitors if you like of the whole of the human species in as much as you if you simply chase generations back you kind of run out of people is as it were - and it’s theoretically possible for us to all to have come in that sense from a single couple but they wouldn’t have been the only couple at the time but if there was a way of perhaps thinking about the story of genesis of a first couple in the midst of other you know people. But they are the first if you like humans, either given a special commission by God or indeed created de novo potentially is one of Joshua’s views.
So, again big subject but have you had a chance to look at the book what do you think about that thesis.
I have and I know Joshua Swamidass. He’s a very creative person and he’s a highly qualified geneticist. He’s not an amateur in this space at all and I think his hypothesis is intriguing.
I don’t know that we have to necessarily put forward an approach to say that DNA has to connect us somehow to this chosen couple in order for us to also be inheritance receivers of God’s grace so in a little way this seems to me to take maybe more importance attached to DNA than necessary. I’m comfortable with the original couple being chosen by God without my requiring to have a few nucleotides of them somewhere in my system.
So I think it’s a it’s a creative hypothesis deserves people to look at it it’s not the only way to get where you would like to get to as an evolutionary creationist. I hope therefore that people don’t feel like they have to once again make a choice between this one or that one. The good news is there are multiple ways to put together Genesis and modern evolutionary science and we should all celebrate that feel pretty good about that.
What are your thoughts?