NPR had a very interesting story this morning on Evangelicals who are questioning the validity of the Adam and Eve story based on the scientific evidence we have. In short, the genomic data suggests that it is impossible to have had fewer than 10,000 initial founders of the human race given the genetic variation within the human population today. It is interesting that evangelical scientists are questioning the validity as this is a very conservative movement – similar to Mormonism with regard to literalism of the scriptures. Within Mormonism, I think you have the same basic trend among Mormon scientists (at least in my experience with other Mormon scientists n=30 or so). The view I have heard (and agree with), is that Adam and Eve is a story about the creation, but it is not literal. There could have been people named Adam and Eve, but they are only representative of the creation of Humans. There is a lot more nuance than this obviously, but what do others think? But the key question to me is: Does the Gospel fall apart if Adam and Eve is downgraded to a story from literalism? I say no…