In one traditional view, Adam and Eve were created de novo—they were created by God as fully formed humans with no ancestors. God made them quickly and completely as fully formed humans with no biological ancestors. Advocates of this view also typically maintain that all humans who have ever lived are direct descendants of this original pair. The Genesis account is taken to be a record of real events similar to the way a journalist would record them today.
While the de novo creation of Adam and Eve is not compatible with what scientists have found in God’s creation,
Then it was changed to (now):
In one traditional view, Adam and Eve were created de novo—they were created by God as fully formed humans (Homo sapiens), roughly 6,000 to 10,000 years ago. God made them quickly and completely as fully formed humans with no biological ancestors. In this traditional de novo view, Adam and Eve are “sole progenitors”: they were the first two humans, and they alone gave rise to all other humans. The Genesis account is taken to be a record of real events similar to the way a journalist would record them today.
While the traditional de novo creation of Adam and Eve described above is not compatible with what scientists have found in God’s creation,
Given that they are updating this page fairly furiously, I’m holding of any further critique till its done being edited. In particular I am pleased to see that the straw man logic of the original version has been removed.
I note that this sentence is in the current version (as shown in the “difference/comparison” web page you have provided):
"In this traditional de novo view, Adam and Eve are “sole progenitors”: they were the first two humans, and they alone gave rise to all other humans.
I do hope you will be revising your own statements borrowing this phrase. As I have made clear in an earlier post (in this or some other thread here?), it is not a reasonable exercise to take the phrase and turn it upside down, to mean something entirely opposite - -
namely, that Adam and Eve, are the sole source of “humanness”.
All the weight of the cosmos would then rest on just a few words, and if a person is not particularly linguistically adept. he or she would miss entirely how subtle this difference is.
I fully expect you to withdraw your assertion to Dennis that a bottleneck of two within 10,000 years is compatible with the science as we know it. This is not right. And we spent months showing that such a conclusion is not right. It is still not right to make your assertion…
A much better title than Joshua’s current barn door aiming name: “the science of Adam”.
And then presumably “evolutionary science” gets split into almost as many natural & cultural branches as “theologies of Adam” (e.g. western/eastern, branches of Christianity or Islam, etc.)? But that would at least add some specification & clearer sense of limit & scope. People don’t know what “the science of Adam” means, traditionally or not & thus Joshua might appear to be trying to craft a new ‘scientific’ field on his own that BioLogos wouldn’t allow under its editorial direction.
Probably pluralising to refer to “evolutionary sciences” then would make sense too, since claiming unified, united universal evolutionary theories (e.g. Universal Darwinism) can’t happen unchallenged nowadays either. This it seems is what you mean by “how to adjust the language to be more clear.” Am I being clear to & with you in my observations & questions, Dr. Joshua?
Barn doors are easy to hit, but so what? Nobody will care. Genealogical ‘science’ confessed by un-tenured young biologists & geneticists is actually not too uncommon in the history of the USA’s ‘creationist’ movement. That’s where the genealogical argument comes from, after all, dressed as methodologically rigorous natural science. Obviously you’re not talking about this creationist stuff to your geneticist colleagues all that often, but rather to ‘science & religion’ people, right?
At the end of the day, where is the novelty here? Is it just in disagreeing with BioLogos after having been employed/sanctioned by them & then/now publicly forcing/persuading them to change their language “to be more clear”? Roman Catholic teachings on evolution, creation, Adam & Eve have already been for many years where you are trying to be now, it would seem. So it’s really a largely social argument involved for your immediate surroundings, rather than a globally scientific one.
Part of the confusion of the last 24 hours was that I could not easily distinguish between your “recapping” of the BioLogos position… and your editorial comment embedded within it:
I thought this bolded sentence was one of your additions, @swamidass. But now I think I’m wrong about that. Is the bolded sentence really something that BioLogos had written?
Because whoever actually wrote it, is in error. I will stop stressing-out over the phrase “In this traditional de novo view, Adam and Eve are “sole progenitors”: they were the first two humans, and they alone gave rise to all other humans.”
I will acknowledge that it is ambiguous … and that it was not something originally written by @swamidass.
There is a lot of confusion here rooted in the use of the word “human.” I do not have time to explain in detail right this second.
Keep in mind that “human” is not well-defined in either science or theology. Moreover, Scripture does not speak in scientifically precise terms, nor does it even include the word “human” in the first place. For that reason, it is a mistake to think the “human” of theology is a taxonomic category like Homo sapiens. Theology has legitimate autonomy to define human however it likes, as long as all of us in the present day are equally “human” in the end.
Remember, in theology, we can just define “human” as all of Adam and Eve’s genealogical descendants. Such a move would warranted if we are all given a specific theological status (e.g. original sin) by descent from them (sole-genealogical progentiorship).
For this reason, I usually put “human” in quotes. However, in editing that statement, I forgot to do so. Nothing new here though @gbrooks9. However, I do appreciate that we need to be clearer about these distinctions. I usually put quotes around “human” for this reason.
Regarding Homo sapiens and the Ecological Fallacy. This is not nearly as controversial as might be thought.
That is exactly my point. We know that at, say, 400 kya, that there are zero Homo sapiens. So we know that there is an obvious disconnect between the number of our ancestors and the number of Homo sapiens. We have no way of knowing how many of our ancestors at, say, 250 kya, are Homo sapiens. It is a scientific error to uses population genetics data to put a bound on that number. This, however, ie exactly what Dennis did. That is a scientific error.
Happy to report I am tenured at WUSTL, one of the leading science institutions in the US. My colleagues are (generally speaking) not Christians, and know of my work. I’m pleased to report they appreciate my effort to seek peace in the creation wars. They also appreciate that I am a great scientist, with a successful research program.
You keep speaking of these “creation” scientists that have already put forward genealogical science. Tell me who these people are, as I have yet to find them. I’d love to give them credit. Did they recognize the importance of genetic ghosts too? Did they receive an endorsement from BioLogos on the accuracy of their science too? On Geniality and Genealogy - BioLogos
What a perfect statement! If you start your discussions with this sentence, you can play with semantics with much more gusto… because anyone can read your foundation statement and understand exactly what you mean!
What additional phrase or paragraph would you want?
Congratulations on tenure. It is a dwindling commodity in the current academic world system. Having it allows you to speak more freely and directly than not having it, though in your fields of natural science, that doesn’t matter nearly as much as it does in some other fields.
“You keep speaking of these “creation” scientists that have already put forward genealogical science.” - @swamidass
Please show me where I have spoken of ‘creation’ scientists putting forward anything? I do not use that language. You are speaking about them (whoever they are) now alone, not having a conversation with me, but with your own imagination. If you’d like a conversation with me rather than just telling me what I’ve said in your own terms, please try harder to by reading carefully and finding what I have said then engaging with that. Otherwise, this will just be a waste of time. Thanks.
“I’d love to give them credit.”
Good. Then why not start by giving Kemp credit in the forming of your thoughts, not just as a person who you happened to find after already formulating your concept of ‘sole-genealogical progenitorship.’ That’s easy credit to give to Kemp, after all. You read his paper before writing your papers, right? This is a simple, neutral fact-finding question that I trust you will find no offense in answering.
Although you didn’t specifically state they put anything forward, you are ambiguously crediting the genealogical argument to others in the history of the USA creationist movement. The implication that others had put forth the idea at an earlier time is quite clear. What is not so clear is why your comments are so combative. In the interest of rational conversation, what do you think of ramping that down a little?
@auntyevology shows every indication of being related to the infamous Eddie. He (or she) is not only demonstrably obnoxious, he/she is always trying to humble his correspondents on odd points of forensic firsts.
Surely, no two differently born humans could be so similar …
Having interacted with Eddie for a very long time, I’m not sure if that is who @auntyevology is. There is a different flavor to it. Also, I think I am on Eddie’s good side right now:
After nearly 10 years of reading the writings of American TE/EC leaders, especially those at BioLogos, I’ve come to the conclusion that there is an unwritten code of conduct (probably the product of unconscious consensus rather than conscious collusion) which governs the public behavior of ECs. This code of conduct is rarely breached, at least on BioLogos (though Joshua Swamidass’s challenge to BioLogos regarding Adam and Eve provides a refreshing counterexample, and Darrel Falk’s principled dispute with Robert Bishop over Stephen Meyer’s second book constitutes another), and it could be stated in the form of a rule: “No EC leader shall directly contradict another EC leader in public, or at least, not in any public setting where ID or creationist people might be listening and taking note of the disagreement.” In my experience, this rule holds about 90% of the time. Paging Dr. Applegate: Please Call Dr. Haarsma | The Hump of the Camel
Eddies MO, also, is to affirm traditional theology, and the last time we interacted on it, he was very confused about the distinction between genetic and genealogical ancestry. I do not think that is what is going on with @auntyevology.
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Split this topic
George - I know Eddie very well - we have shared a blog for several years, after all. And I would know his style anywhere. Neither Auntie’s style nor her content nor her attitude are anything like his, so let’s drop that one.