Christian Responses to the Spiritual and Physical Status of Neanderthals

The physical and spiritual status of Neanderthals has been hotly debated since the first bones were described in 1856. I review the physical and biblical data for which all Christians must account as they wrestle with these questions and examine how Christians across the spectrum have responded to these data. Those responses reveal deep divisions in how Christians interpret both the physical and biblical evidence. I explore how these differences relate to the larger debate over origins.