• The Genealogical Adam and Eve

  • The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry
  • By: S. Joshua Swamidass
  • Narrated by: Mirron Willis
  • Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (76 ratings)

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Evolutionary science teaches that humans arose as a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve, a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so? In the fractured conversation of human origins, can new insight guide us to solid ground in both science and theology?

In The Genealogical Adam and Eve, S. Joshua Swamidass tests a scientific hypothesis: What if the traditional account is somehow true, with the origins of Adam and Eve taking place alongside evolution? Building on well-established but overlooked science, Swamidass explains how it's possible for Adam and Eve to be rightly identified as the ancestors of everyone. His analysis opens up new possibilities for understanding Adam and Eve, consistent both with current scientific consensus and with traditional readings of Scripture. These new possibilities open a conversation about what it means to be human.

In this book, Swamidass untangles several misunderstandings about the words human and ancestry, in both science and theology; explains how genetic and genealogical ancestry are different; and explores implications of genealogical ancestry for the theology of the image of God, the fall, and people "outside the garden". 

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Interesting thought experiment

I understand Swamidass' attempt to reconcile mainstream science and theology, but at the end it comes off as a book that L. Ron Hubbard and Joseph Smith would fantasize over.

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Interesting

A very thorough examination of how the Adam and Eve narrative could still be true simultaneous with evolution. Narration was a little slow and subdued but eventually I got used to it.

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is it true? I don't know but it sounds believable with the knowledge we have available now. who knows what may become known in the future. who knows what God is capable of doing, we see is supernatural.

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deep and meaningful contemplation of humanity

This book is one of the most complete, deep, and meaningful contemplations on the human condition. Whether you're secular, Christian, Buddhist or Muslim, the questions and speculations of our current state of civilization and the human condition overall are the questions that will help humanity better itself

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Amazing theory on Adam and Eve!

This book dares to tread where few have gone, what if Adam and Eve were denovo created like the Bible says, along side a group of evolved human beings? what if the Bible does not contradict evolution. No matter what you believe it is worth the read!