[asa] YECism and implications for herpetology

From: Freeman, Louise Margaret <lfreeman@mbc.edu>
Date: Tue Mar 13 2007 - 08:59:19 EDT

Some recent coversations here, coupled with a study of the Fall in my women's Sunday School
class, had me turning my thoughts from human origins to snake origins. This is something I
don't remember reading anything about in any YEC literature, but I'm sure these questions have
come up.

If we are to believe that all humans today are the literal biological offspring of Adam and Eve,
does that imply that snakes today are the literal offspring of the original Temptor? Certainly
that ione implication of the curse that decreed that the serpent would henceforth "go on his
belly." But does that mean there was only one "kind" in the garden, and all species radiated
from that orginaly one in 6-10K years? Or were all current species of snake present
(presumably with legs or some sort of non-belly locomotor ability) in the garden and cursed
along with the Temptor?

I know next to nothing about snake fossils, but my understanding is that snakes are
hypothesized to haave descended from legged ancestral reptiles, with another branch of that
tree forming the modern lizards. It occured to me that this is one time where the YEC have as
much interest in finding a so-called "transitional species" as the evolutionist... a snake-like
critter with legs would certainly fit well with this particular Biblical interpretation. Except you'd
have to explain how they got out of Eden with their legs after the curse.

Louise M. Freeman, PhD
Psychology Dept
Mary Baldwin College
Staunton, VA 24401
FAX 540-887-712i

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