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The Origin of Humanity: Adam, Eve, and Evolution

November 18, 2019 at 8:00pm / Roone Arledge Auditorium, Lerner Hall

Atheist & Christian Scientists Discuss Where We Come From

Columbia University

Evolutionary science teaches that humans arose as a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve, a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so? In the fractured conversation of human origins, can new insight guide us to solid ground in both science and theology?

This Veritas Forum will feature atheist and Christian scientists who will explore the hypothesis “What if the traditional account is somehow true, with the origins of Adam and Eve taking place alongside evolution?”

Building on well-established but overlooked science, Swamidass will present how it's possible for Adam and Eve to be rightly identified as the ancestors of everyone. Some think Adam and Eve are a myth. Some think evolution is a myth. Either way, the best available science opens up space to engage larger questions together.


S. Joshua Swamidass

Department of Immunology and Pathology

Washington University School of Medicine

Nathan H. Lents

Professor of Biology

City University of New York

Lydia Dugdale

Associate Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for Clinical Medical Ethics

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