When I first became a Christian, I would often get into arguments with other believers about evolution, the age of the earth, and the historicity of Adam and Eve. Often the discussion would end with something like, “Why are we arguing about evolution and creation, shouldn’t we just focus on telling people about the gospel?”
It wasn’t until later that I realized the creation account is foundational to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The creation account tells us why we have a duty to worship our Creator, where sin came from and why we are responsible, and God’s promise to crush the serpent’s head.
Now, just 10 years later, many churches think this issue is so important they’re including their views in their Statement of Beliefs or Doctrinal Statements. The reason for this is that we now have a large group of professing Christians stretching the meaning of Genesis 1-3 and even worse, outright questioning if the Biblical account is true.
In the June issue of Christianity Today, Richard Osling has given a broad overview of the current thinking in his article Search for the Historical Adam.
Two quotes that I think unfortunately summarize where the theological momentum in the American Church is heading:
“Adam never existed, and this fact has no impact whatsoever on the foundational beliefs of Christianity” and “the church must be willing to “decouple original sin from the notion that all humans descended from a single pair.””
What will the theological landscape of Protestantism look like in 10 more years?