Last week we had a visit to campus from Dr. Dennis Venema, co-author with Scot McKnight of this book:
Dr. Mike Robertson from the Acadia Science faculty had arranged for the visit with CSCA to provide a platform for Dr. Venema to talk about the genetic evidence for evolution. We grabbed a couple of minutes with him on the red sofa:
The talk was accessible and engaging, and most in the audience seemed to agree with the perspective offered, though wanting more on how to read the Genesis texts. Dr. Venema referred them to Dr. John Walton’s work, as he did in our brief chat. John Walton was our Hayward Lecturer at ADC last year, and he addressed this very topic. You can access his lectures below.
Part of the continuing conversation is whether scientific evidence for evolution allows for an historical Adam and Eve, and whether the biblical text requires a literal Adam and Eve. There are scholars on both sides of this issue. Dr. Venema suggests an emerging population of homosapiens as being at least 10,000 in size, more or less precluding a literal Adam and Eve. Dr. Walton argues that the biblical text does not contradict evolution, but he supports the existence of an historical Adam and Eve.
You can watch another version of Dr. Venema’s talk together with Dr. Scot McKnight’s segment of the talk here: