The article was already long enough not to want to restate Genealogical Adam AND the Buggs Bottleneck in detail as well. Like Peaceful Science, the Hump principally has faithful readers who, I think, get familiar with the main themes under discussion, and treat additions as building upon them (“The Hump of the Camel - the blog that grows week by week until you have a lot of them…”), It’s not like BioLogos, picking up everyone who wants easy answers about Evangelical Evolution. That said, numbers are growing - China is big at the moment - we currently are getting c9,300 hits a month.
My point was that, even given an existing population, A&E constitute a specific new start, where both righteousness and sin have a meaning because God expresses his will. Now, 10,000 humans created in the image of God by divine fiat might, prior to sin, constitute an egalitarian society. But my counter-example was not that, but the hypothesis of a naturally evolved hominid, along the official BioLogos lines, in which one would expect social inequalities such as apes have. Then it’s hard to think of ontological arguments for human equality - “in the beginning it was so.”
Someone’s argued against that back at the Hump, but I’ll answer him tomorrow as I’ve had two elders meetings and a band rehearsal back to back today, and my brain is not working.
But if I’ve put too positive a light on the Buggs bottleneck, I apologise to them. However, I don’t think all find their possibility unhelpful, because folk like Ann Gauger (and even, I think, weighty theologians like John Stott), have considered that A&E might represent the first of genus Homo, even that long ago. Remember that we’re moving towards seeing Neanderthals as folks, rather than ape-men, and some think there may some day be evidence that H erectus was brighter than we assume.
I dispute that model, though, because I think the cultural descriptions in Genesis are historical, but others argue for them being literary anachronism. That’s all tangential to my Hump post, though. Genealogical Adam (with a relatively recent Adam) enables us to bracket all human development before him as of scientific, rather than theological, interest.