Peace be with you all,
Let me thank you all for offering a wealth of opinion on this matter. I have engaged in this discussion elsewhere to reach an unsteady equilibrium between literal and figurative which our Church seems to desire on this matter for the time being. As one desiring to be a Faithful Son of our Tradition I find it difficult to fine clarity on this issue without the Church speaking on Creationism and Evolution. Clearly without such clarity we will stand on the unsteady foundation of two seemingly justifiable positions. Truly it is a situation to ponder further.
My concern on the figurative opinion is that it seems to suggest that Sin is brought into the word by mere creative storytelling. If so, then why not also offer that Salvation work the same way? I feel that the criticism on Genesis begins a process which unravals the very fabric of our Faith. If Adam is not literally “the” first man what is the necessity of a “literal” New Adam? Are you following my reasoning here? It appears to be very tricky for our beloved St. Paul to offer a rationale between Adam and Jesus if one is figurative and the other literal. Maybe that is just my concern alone but it doesn’t appear to be.
There are some many Doctrines, Jesus’ necessary Sacrifice for our Salvation, to name which appears to begin to unraval without a concrete and historical fall from “one” man, the “one” man Adam.
I continue to reflect on this and seek further opinion. Thank you.
Peace, Love and Blessings.