Adam and Eve Never Really Existed: Evangelicalism’s Galileo Moment

NPR has an excellent recent segment on evangelicalism’s Galileo moment, both in audio form and an (edited) transcript. Here’s a taste:

“The evolution controversy today is, I think, a Galileo moment,” says Karl Giberson, who authored several books trying to reconcile Christianity and evolution, including The Language of Science and Faith, with Francis Collins.

Giberson — who taught physics at Eastern Nazarene College until his views became too uncomfortable in Christian academia — says Protestants who question Adam and Eve are akin to Galileo in the 1600s, who defied Catholic Church doctrine by stating that the earth revolved around the sun and not vice versa. Galileo was condemned by the church, and it took more than three centuries for the Vatican to express regret at its error.

“When you ignore science, you end up with egg on your face,” Giberson says. “The Catholic Church has had an awful lot of egg on its face for centuries because of Galileo. And Protestants would do very well to look at that and to learn from it.”

And here’s young earth creationist Albert Mohler’s hunkered down retort to those who say you’ve got to take into account the discoveries of science or give up your intellectual credibility (and essentailly consign yourself to cult status):

“If so, that’s simply the price we’ll have to pay,” says Southern Baptist seminary’s Albert Mohler. “The moment you say ‘We have to abandon this theology in order to have the respect of the world,’ you end up with neither biblical orthodoxy nor the respect of the world.”

Mohler and others say if other Protestants want to accommodate science, fine. But they shouldn’t be surprised if their faith unravels.

Translation: the Bible says it, I believe it, that settles it.

Sounds pretty cultic to me.

The rest of the NPR article (and the audio link) is here.

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About Santi Tafarella

I teach writing and literature at Antelope Valley College in California.
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