Evangelicals starting to question Adam and Eve

About 40% of adults in America believe that Adam and Eve existed. This means that almost half of your population is functionally retarded. And you wonder why your economy is tanking…

In an effort not to ignore scientific truth forever, some evangelicals are starting to question the existence of Adam and Eve in order to finally catch up to the rest of us who have embraced the methodology of science. They naively believe -as Francis Collins does- that science and faith are compatible. I’m sure it appears to them this way, but only so long as their cognitive dissonance is in full swing. The twisted logic at work trying to rectify religious believe and the evidence of our evolution is astounding. It’s a step in the right direction, perhaps:

[Brian] Venema is part of a growing cadre of Christian scholars who say they want their faith to come into the 21st century. Another one is John Schneider, who taught theology at Calvin College in Michigan until recently. He says it’s time to face facts: There was no historical Adam and Eve, no serpent, no apple, no fall that toppled man from a state of innocence.

Yeah, if you do that, you have a major problem: without the fall, Jesus’ sacrifice is pointless (well, it was always pointless, but now more so). Original sin is of paramount importance to the faith. Don’t get me wrong; I love the idea of these people starting to accept that our species evolved from other primates. The problem is that they’ve simply refused to accept the conclusion of evolution. Of course, most evangelicals realize that abandoning this dogma would have serious repercussions to their belief:

Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, says that rebellious choice infected all of humankind.

“When Adam sinned, he sinned for us,” Mohler says. “And it’s that very sinfulness that sets up our understanding of our need for a savior.”

Humanity “infected” by sin? That’s the Christianity we know and despise. As far as Jesus-lovers are concerned, humanity is a filthy pile of sin that’s barely worthy of God’s love. Only those slavish enough in their devotion to ignore reality can enter super-magic-fun-playland-in-the-clouds when they die. The rest, those unbelievers, will be tortured forever in a lake of fire for denying the divinity of someone who, if they existed today, would be put in a sanatorium. Christianity isn’t really a “people first” doctrine. As far as they are concerned, we’re all pieces of shit that disobeyed God at one time or another and have been punished ever since.

Let me put this another way: if Adam and Eve didn’t exist, then according to a bunch of very sexist Bible-belt assholes, there would be no justification for men ruling over the lives of women. That means that ladies would be able to control not only their own lives, but their reproductive cycles as well. Do you have any idea how terrifying that prospect is for an old white guy?

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Comments (7)

  • avatar

    Evie

    Well, that’s a start I guess. These people just move too slowly to catch up with the rest of us, though.

  • avatar

    tom cowling

    Hi. New reader, new member. Good work. Please keep it up!

    Apologies if you’re already aware of this PZ Myers’ battles with a Montreal based lunatic (and the Montreal police for that matter) but, if you’re not already, you might like to get involved. See petition here: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/

    cheers

  • avatar

    In Utah

    It’s definitely a step in the right direction. It is also how I eventually came to.

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    HB

    I’m absolutely tired of Christians and the like believing, thinking, that I, and others, need a failed savior. Period. And, like A-1 sauce for my already savory steak, these saved fools believe its all due to some “original sin” that takes precedence over *my* own struggles. “Original sin” is as unnecessary as the belief in any deity. If their god would have done what any intelligent meager human would have done–blame those who actually committed the crime(s), not those of innocents–Christ would have had one less miserable experience to endure. Enough of this. May you have a good day and a good life, without the need to become a sycophant for a god which almost certainly does not exist.

  • avatar

    Gordon

    Took them bloody long enough

  • avatar

    Mark

    You had me at “functionally retarded”. ;-)

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