From Our Inbox: April 2013
I was wondering your answer to the question, "If Christians believe in evolution and there was no Adam and Eve, then what did Jesus need to die for?"
A lot of Christians get asked this question by militant atheists and are unable to respond. The atheist then concludes that science and faith cannot be compatible.
I look forward to hearing from you soon!
Your question is an important one for evolutionary creationists! Not only do militant atheists ask this question; it is at the heart of the debate among Christians over evolution. At BioLogos, we are committed to the belief that all people have sinned and are in need of Jesus' saving work on the cross (see more of Our Beliefs here http://biologos.org/about). This view is based on many passages in the Bible, not just the account of Adam and Eve.
Moreover, evolutionary creation does not require the rejection of a historical Adam and Eve. One option is to view Adam and Eve as a historical pair living among many 10,000 years ago, chosen to represent the rest of humanity before God. Another option is to view Genesis 2-4 as an allegory in which Adam and Eve symbolize the large group of ancestors who lived 150,000 years ago. Yet another option is to view Genesis 2-4 as an “everyman” story, a parable of each person’s individual rejection of God. BioLogos does not take a particular view and encourages scholarly work on these questions.
We also encourage you to check out these videos from Denis Alexander, Daniel Harrell, Alister McGrath, and NT Wright, and these essays by David Opderbeck, Tim Keller, Denis Alexander, and George Murphy, which are all on our site!
Thanks for your question, C.G.!
The BioLogos Team