Adam and Eve: Real People or Representative Hominins?

by Ken Ham
Featured in Ken Ham Blog

It’s becoming increasingly common to meet Christians, especially leaders in Bible colleges and seminaries, who reject the historicity of Adam and Eve. One popular view, espoused by well-known scientist Dr. Francis Collins and others, is that Adam and Eve were just representatives of a collective of 10,000 hominins (that is, if they even existed at all). Yet this kind of thinking is far from the biblical view of the first humans.

Scripture hinges our current sin-bound state on the sin of the first man, Adam:

Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned. (Romans 5:12)

It also hinges our hope of the gospel on the literal fall of Adam and the consequence of death. It’s this that Jesus came to free us from. If there was no Adam and no original sin, why did Jesus need to come and die? Without a literal Genesis, the gospel falls apart.

For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. (1 Corinthians 15:21–22)

Why do so many Christians reject a literal Adam? Because, instead of trusting God’s infallible Word and allowing it to be the authority, they’ve allowed sinful man’s fallible interpretation of the evidence to be the authority. But, rather than confirming evolutionary ideas about the past, new research in genetics actually confirms what we’d expect by starting with the Bible’s account of history.

This research on mitochondrial and nuclear DNA, and what it means for the question of the historicity of Adam, is discussed by various creation scientists and theologians in a brand-new DVD from Evidence Press, DNA Battles: Were Adam & Eve Historical? Theistic evolution and the attack on a literal Adam and Eve are spreading through churches—maybe even your own! Get equipped to encourage others to trust God’s Word with the answers you’ll find in DNA Battles.

You can order this new resource from our online store,

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This item was written with the assistance of AiG’s research team.

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