Below is the link to an article written by a well known contributor to OrthodoxyToday.Org.
Back in 2017, the author argues that it was sin in Eden that makes the role of Jesus so important, and thus why Creationism (not Theistic Evolution) should be adopted by faithful Christians. What is interesting about the article is how author, Hank Hanegraaff, avoids using the term Original Sin. This is interesting because many of the Eastern Orthodox communities have long dismissed the Roman Catholic view on Original Sin. So Hanegraaf plunges ahead and just speaks to the general issue of sin!
But in May 2010, writer Vladimir De Beer, an Eastern Orthodox academic, writes of the sequential interpretation of Genesis, and how Evolution and Special Creation can be linked together!
His article is a scholarly slog through the trenches of Genesis interpretation. However, towards the end of the online article, in the section titled “A Hypothetical Synthesis”, De Beer starts to lay down the exciting foundation of sequential interpretation of Genesis 1 and 2! He writes:
"As Dobzhansky wrote in a highly influential 1973 essay (“Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution”): “I am a creationist and an evolutionist. Evolution is God’s, or Nature’s method of creation. Creation is not an event that happened in 4004 BC; it is a process that began some 10 billion years ago and is still under way… Does the evolutionary doctrine clash with religious faith? It does not. It is a blunder to mistake the Holy Scriptures for elementary textbooks of astronomy, geology, biology, and anthropology. Only if symbols are construed to mean what they are not intended to mean can there arise imaginary, insoluble conflicts”.
The high point of the final section of De Beer’s paper is:
"It is our contention that the two accounts of the creation of humankind in Genesis refer to the evolutionary descent of Homo sapiens out of hominid ancestors (Genesis 1) and the granting of a God-consciousness, or spiritual soul, to Adam and Eve (Genesis 2). Viewed in this light Adam and Eve were not the first humans, but rather the first to receive a Divine revelation and thus obtain a God-consciousness."
There was a comment section on the anti-Evolutionary article in 2017 - - and assuming the Editors approve my comment, the readers there will be introduced to PeacefulScience.Org!
I’ll let you know what happens. G.Brooks