This morning there was a story on NPR about a small movement within evangelicals to face the idea that maybe, perhaps, they might want to be open to the idea that the vast mountain of well-founded scientific evidence could be taken to suggest that the story of Adam & Eve should not be taken literally if they want to avoid looking like the Catholic Church vs. Galileo.
"From my viewpoint, a historical Adam and Eve is absolutely central to the truth claims of the Christian faith," says Fazale Rana, vice president of Reasons To Believe..."But if the parts of Scripture that you are claiming to be false, in effect, are responsible for creating the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith, then you've got a problem," Rana says. "I think this is going to be a pivotal point in Church history," he says. "Because what rests at the very heart of this debate is whether or not key ideas within Christianity are ultimately true or not."
"Without Adam, the work of Christ makes no sense whatsoever..." Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
For once, I find myself in complete agreement with the conservative evangelicals.