Each spring semester the Bush Center for Faith and Culture sponsors the Carver-Barnes lectures, a lecture series intended to assist the Church in its mission. In February, C. John “Jack” Collins of Covenant Seminary in St Louis, MO gave this year’s lectures. His first lecture was entitled “Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? Who They Were and Why You Should Care.”
The last few years (say 10-15 years) have seen a significant rise in the number of proponents of evolutionary creationism. Proponents of evolutionary creationism (or theistic evolution) argue that God used evolution as the instrument by which He created all living things—including humans. Adopting this view requires a non-literal interpretation of the creation account in Genesis 1-2. Also over the same approximate period of time (incidentally or not), there has been a noticeable amount of Old Testament scholars (conservative, Bible-believing scholars I might add) offering alternative approaches to interpreting the Genesis creation account—such as the Literary Framework view, the Functional view, the Temple Inauguration view, and the Analogical Day view. This combination of evolutionary creationism and non-literal interpretations of Genesis naturally raise questions about the historicity of the original couple.
In his lecture, Jack Collins argues for the historicity of Adam and Eve. He gives compelling biblical, theological, and scientific arguments for affirming that they were real persons. He also demonstrates that this is not an insignificant question. Dr. Collins’ arguments are all the more noteworthy in light of the fact that he adheres to the Analogical Day view (I intend to say more about that in my next post). You can listen to his lecture here.