Dear ComingHome,ComingHome said:Coming from a fundamentalist Protestant background, I have a kneejerk reaction to any talk about evolution. But I am interested in understanding. How does one reconcile God as Creator (according to the Creed) with evolution? How could there be other people who were not created as Genesis says Adam and Eve were? If A & E are not literally the first humans, who or what are they and who or what do they signify? Are there any resources which would be helpful to consult in relation to these things?
I am sorry for my abyssmal ignorance on this subject but until recently I thought I had all the answers and didn't seriously consider any other questions.
I do not have a slightest problem reconciling the Creator and evolution. I just don't think in antropomorphic (man-shaped) terms. When I read that God "made" the heavens and the earth, I am trying to avoid imagining an old man with a gray beard who is "making" something with the help of his two hands. Same thing, when I read that God "made" Adam from clay, I am trying to avoid imagining that same old gramps taking literal red-colored mud in his hands and sculpturing a doll.
Who are Adam and Eve? As I have already written to this forum, to me they are just humankind. Adam is every man, and every man (except Christ) is Adam. Gustave Flaubert, when he was annoyed to death by journalists who desperately wanted to know, just who was m-me Bovary (who was her"prototype"), said, "M-be Bovary, c'est moi!" ("M-me Bovary, that's myself!") I have the same attitude to Adam and Eve. "Adam et Eve, ils sont moi!"
Sorry if this is too wild. I come from a totally secular humanist background, and I never received any religious education/indoctrination whatsoever. I hope my thought has not offended you, please forgive me if it has.