National Public Radio recently interviewed Trinity Western University biologist Dennis Venema, who stated his belief that humans did not descend from Adam and Eve.1 Venema, an evangelical evolutionist, claimed that genetics studies show “there is no way we can be traced back to a single couple.”2 Do the data really contradict the biblical account of human history?
“Given the genetic variation of people today, [Venema] says scientists can’t get that [starting] population size below 10,000 people at any time in our evolutionary history,” NPR reported.2But this claim fails for three reasons. First, it relies on the presumption of “evolutionary history,” not scientific data. Second, the idea that an initial group of 10,000 humans evolved from primates is mathematically impossible. Third, a descent from Adam and Eve actually does explain the patterns in modern human genetics.
Venema assumed, as do all evolutionists, that humans evolved from primates. Evolutionists have not even attempted to test modern scientific observations against realistic biblical parameters, and this makes little sense if someone wishes to claim that human genetics refutes the historical reality of Adam. Shouldn’t such a person at least attempt to examine the genetic possibility of an Adamic ancestry before completely ruling it out?
Instead, evolutionists assume that all genetic differences between individuals resulted from mutations. For example, Venema said:
You would have to postulate that there’s been this absolutely astronomical mutation rate that has produced all these new variants in an incredibly short period of time. Those types of mutation rates are just not possible. It would mutate us out of existence.2….
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