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Were Adam and Eve Real? New Anthropological Evidence in 10-Year Update to Book (Interview)
Christian Post ^ | 10/26/2015 | Napp Nazworth

Posted on 10/26/2015 8:33:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Ten years after publication of Who Was Adam? by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross, 13 new chapters detail the new scientific evidence on the origins of humankind in a second edition.

Rana and Ross are scholars affiliated with Reasons to Believe, which also published the new edition of Who Was Adam? RTB works to spread the Gospel by showing how science supports the truths found in Scripture. Rana and Ross both have doctorate degrees in the physical sciences, biochemistry and astronomy, respectively.

Unlike most second editions, this one leaves the original edition alone and adds the new chapters onto the original.

During an interview with The Christian Post, Rana explained they did it that way for transparency. Readers can compare their initial predictions with the decade of scientific research that came after that. Rana and Ross also use the additional chapters to respond to the critics of their first edition.

Forget Evolution vs Creation, There Are (At Least) 6 Different Views, Evangelical Biophysicist Explains

Rana also describes where he, and RTB, fit among the diverse viewpoints of the so-called "creation versus evolution" debate, and provides his thoughts on the discovery of Homo naledi, which was announced shortly after publication of Who Was Adam?

The following is a lightly edited transcript of that email interview:

CP: When the first edition of Who Was Adam? was published 10 years ago, what was your goal, and, looking back, how have you done?

Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross(Photo: Reasons to Believe)Fazale Rana (left) and Hugh Ross (right), authors of "Who Was Adam?" and research scholars for Reasons to Believe.

Rana: With the first edition of Who Was Adam? we wanted to demonstrate that a scientifically rigorous case could be made for the traditional biblical view of human origins.

Many people, including Christians, believe that there is overwhelming evidence for human evolution. In light of that evidence, they feel as if they have no choice but to abandon the biblical view of human origins and accept the reality of human evolution. The problem with this approach is that it's impossible to reconcile the biblical account of human origins with the notion of human evolution.

The good news is that there is scientific evidence that suggests Adam and Eve were real people, and that all of humanity arose from a primordial pair. A growing number of anthropologists embrace the idea of human exceptionalism — an idea that comports with the biblical notion that human beings are uniquely made in God's image. There is an explosive appearance of sophisticated behavior, including artistic and musical expression, that coincides with the appearance of modern humans.

CP: What's new in this new and expanded edition?

Rana: A lot has happened in anthropology over the last decade since Who Was Adam? was first published. We thought it would be a good idea to see how our original ideas stood up to these advances.

We also thought this updated edition would be a good place to respond to critics of our creation model. For the sake of transparency, we left the original book intact and added over 150 pages of content.

CP: Within the "creation versus evolution" debate, there are a variety (more than two) of viewpoints. For Christians who don't follow the debate closely, it can be confusing. What are the most important points you would like Christians to understand about your own position?

Rana: The position we espouse in Who Was Adam? is called Old Earth Creationism. We think that the days in Genesis 1 are long, finite periods of time. Because of this view, we accept the scientific dates for the Earth's age and life's antiquity.

But we are Creationists. And as such, we are skeptical that evolution can account for life's origin, history, and design. We reject human evolution and believe in a historical Adam and Eve.

CP: In Chapter 3 you write that with your model, "creation is testable. The concept of creation has entered the scientific domain." Why is that important for your readers to understand?

Rana: Whenever a scientific case is presented for God's existence and Scripture's reliability, skeptics will often reject those arguments by asserting that they are outside the bounds of science. They use this objection as an excuse to ignore the scientific case for the Christian faith. By formulating the story of humanity's origin in scientific terms, replete with testable predictions, it forces skeptics to engage the powerful scientific evidence for Christianity.

CP: After the book was published there was an announcement of a major archaeological find, Homo naledi, in South Africa. What, if anything, from that discovery would you have included in the book if the news had come before publication?

This hominid is just another in a long list of recent fossil finds that have forced anthropologists to rewrite the human evolutionary story. Every time a new hominid is discovered, it throws the evolutionary paradigm into chaos, and H. naledi is no exception.

If a scientific theory is a good one, new discoveries should provide affirmation and greater clarity. On the other hand, if new discoveries continually shake up the human evolutionary tree it is a sure sign that the evolutionary paradigm is in trouble.


TOPICS: General Discusssion; History; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: adam; adamandeve; anthropology; creation; eve; faithandphilosophy; fazalerana; genesis; history; hughross; origins
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1 posted on 10/26/2015 8:33:29 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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2 posted on 10/26/2015 8:34:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Adam and Chavvah were real, yes.


3 posted on 10/26/2015 8:35:14 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: SeekAndFind

It is very interesting that evidence of written human records goes back as far as about 5000 years but no further. This says a lot about the Biblical truth of the Noah flood that wiped everything out except for Noah and his family and the animals. Doesn’t really directly point to Adam but does verify Biblical accuracy.


4 posted on 10/26/2015 8:41:26 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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To: SeekAndFind

Yes. Real real.


5 posted on 10/26/2015 8:42:29 AM PDT by kinsman redeemer (The real enemy seeks to devour what is good.)
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To: Jim 0216

Writing goes back farther than that.

http://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-writings-ancient-places-europe/dispilio-tablet-oldest-known-written-text-00913


6 posted on 10/26/2015 8:47:29 AM PDT by Marie (Hey GOP... The vulgarians are at the gate.)
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To: SeekAndFind

This prof at Missouri State U. thinks that Gan Eden (the Garden of Eden) was located in the present-day Persian Gulf.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xeKxHHDEW7o


7 posted on 10/26/2015 8:49:28 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Bkmrk.


8 posted on 10/26/2015 8:50:18 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (I'm fed up.)
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To: Marie

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C4%83rt%C4%83ria_tablets

The Tartaria Tablets


9 posted on 10/26/2015 8:51:14 AM PDT by Marie (Hey GOP... The vulgarians are at the gate.)
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To: Jim 0216

Michael Cremo of “Fobidden Archaeology” says that modern man has been around for possibly up to a billion years based on evidence not accepted by the establishment.


10 posted on 10/26/2015 9:00:26 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (Pubbies = national collectivists; Dems = international collectivists; We need a second party!)
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“based on evidence”

Haven’t seen a shred of verified evidence of man’s existence earlier than 6000 years ago.

The earth has been around for eons and other creatures like dinosaurs. But there has been ZERO verifiable evidence of man’s existence earlier than about 6000 years ago even though there’ve been plenty of hoaxes presented as evidence.


11 posted on 10/26/2015 9:06:04 AM PDT by Jim 0216
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Anceint Aliens wiped the historical record clean
12 posted on 10/26/2015 9:14:20 AM PDT by PSUGOP
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13 posted on 10/26/2015 9:16:32 AM PDT by MUDDOG
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To: Jim 0216

There is cuniform that talks of people before the Flood, and that some of the writings survived.


14 posted on 10/26/2015 9:16:52 AM PDT by redgolum
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To: SeekAndFind
It do believe ...first...then when we say we are created it God image we are referring to the ..self aware mind.. not flesh....”I think, therefor I am” man, from...”I am that I am” God

No matter what your views on the physical being evolved on not... that date that “the light” so to speak when the first man's mind became an ongoing self aware conscious bring is the start point for man being in image of The self aware God...that is the date of Adam and Eve that is the date of relevance

Even atheistic agnostic science fiction make this distinction of a critical mass dividing line of self awareness with a long history of computers coming self aware in its writing... be it hal in 2001 or skynet in terminator..or Data in star trek ng

15 posted on 10/26/2015 9:17:40 AM PDT by tophat9000 (King G(OP)eorge III has no idea why the Americans Patr are in rebellion... teach him why)
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To: SeekAndFind

Catholics will have a problem with this as they view Genesis as symbolic.


16 posted on 10/26/2015 9:33:18 AM PDT by ealgeone
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Name a Catholic that views Genesis as symbolic??? You have NO idea of what you are talking about.


17 posted on 10/26/2015 9:47:38 AM PDT by Ann Archy (ABORTION....... The HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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There must have been a helluva lot of incest for the first few generations after Adam and Eve.


18 posted on 10/26/2015 10:00:35 AM PDT by monocle (Kendall)
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To: SeekAndFind

for later read


19 posted on 10/26/2015 10:22:17 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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Thanks SeekAndFind.

[snip] There is no inherent conflict between creationism and methodological naturalism. Believing both are true simply means believing that an intelligent being created the natural world and scientific methods can be used to understand the natural world. [/snip]

Forget Evolution vs Creation, There Are (At Least) 6 Different Views, Evangelical Biophysicist Explains
http://www.christianpost.com/news/forget-evolution-vs-creation-there-are-at-least-6-different-views-evangelical-biophysicist-explains-132178/

Ben Carson Says Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Influenced by ‘Forces of Evil,’ But Believes in Micro Evolution
http://www.christianpost.com/news/ben-carson-says-darwins-theory-of-evolution-influenced-by-forces-of-evil-but-believes-in-micro-evolution-146909/


20 posted on 10/26/2015 10:28:01 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Here's to the day the forensics people scrape what's left of Putin off the ceiling of his limo.)
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