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Q&A

On a daily basis, info@biologos.org receives a plethora of questions from people all over the world. We try our best to answer as many emails as possible. Check out this example of a question we recently received. You may have had a similar question yourself.

Question:
Hi!

I read an article from the Associated Press about your Southern Baptist Voices forum. The article states that “[President] Falk and two other writers respond that science tells us ‘there was never a time when the human population from which all modern humans descended was as small as two individuals.’”

I was not aware science had established any such thing. If it has, then I very much need and want to know. Would you be so kind as to tell me whether your representative was accurately quoted, and if so, where I might find the essay containing the quoted material?

Thanks so much!

T. A.

Answer:
Hi, T. A.,

This is Tom Burnett, the associate editor of BioLogos. Thanks for contacting us! Let me suggest a few blog posts that address the topic you’ve raised.

Does Genetics Point to a Single Primal Couple? by Darrel Falk.

Dead Bones with a Living Message (TED talk).

Understanding Evolution: Mitochondrial Eve, Y-Chromosome Adam, and Reasons to Believe by Dennis Venema.

After you’ve looked at these, if you still want to go more in-depth, take a look at Denis Alexander’s essay (downloadable as a PDF), How Does a BioLogos Model Need to Address the Theological Issues Associated with an Adam Who Was Not the Sole Genetic Progenitor of Humankind? to see how he brings together both theological and scientific understandings of humans. I hope that helps.

Best wishes,
Tom Burnett
Associate Editor of The BioLogos Forum