Re: The Fall

From: David C Campbell <amblema@bama.ua.edu>
Date: Thu Sep 15 2005 - 12:52:47 EDT

><>"Clearly the doctrine of original sin as expounded by Augustine, and
consequently a doctrine of the atonement based on that exposition, is
inadequate in the light of the fossil record and genetic
investigations.<<

What do the fossil record and genetic investigations have to do with
the doctrine of original sin? They point to common ancestry of humans
with other animals, and suggest that modern humans trace back to
multiple ancestors well into the prehistoric past, but do not tell us
much about their spiritual condition.

There are several possible approaches to trying to reconcile Genesis 3
with the paleontological and genetic evidence. E.g.:

God created humans through an evolutionary process. At some point He
endows a pair of hominids, who will be the ancestors of humans, with
reason, self-awareness, etc. and gives them some directions. They
disobey, and their descendants also inherit the consequences of their
disobedience.

God created humans through an evolutionary process. At some point He
endows a pair of hominids, representatives out of an existing
population, with reason, self-awareness, etc. and gives them some
directions. They disobey, and all humans (including their
contemporaries and the descendants thereof) have a correspondingly
fallen nature.

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Dr. David Campbell
425 Scientific Collections
University of Alabama, Box 870345
Tuscaloosa AL 35487
"James gave the huffle of a snail in
danger But no one heard him at all" A.
A. Milne
Received on Thu Sep 15 12:53:44 2005

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