Drs. Sanford and Carter led a symposium in 2015 titled God, Family, and Genetics - A Biblical Perspective. God, Family, and Genetics – A Biblical Perspective
At the main page of the website, Sanford and Carter argue for the possibility of a de novo Adam and Eve. One of the main issues they address is the scientific evidence that the current human population has much more genetic diversity than two sole progenitors 6,000 years ago would allow.
What would prevent God from engineering 25 million variants (heterozygous sites) into Adam from the very beginning? If we assume Eve was assigned her own unique genome, this would double the amount of potential designed diversity. If that was not enough diversity, God could have created different genomes in each of Adam and Eve’s reproductive cells. There really is no limit to how much diversity God could have designed into Adam and Eve, but we do not need to invoke anything more than simple heterozygosity. Adam’s potential heterozygosity alone is sufficient to explain nearly all human genetic diversity.
I have read similar arguments before and have tried to explain that the number of haplotypes is more relevant than the number of individual SNPs. So I’m asking for feedback in a couple of different areas:
Am I actually correct about the relevance of haplotypes to the issue of a sole progenitor pair in the 6kya time frame?
Is there an easier way to explain why the explanation from Sanford and Carter is wrong?