[quote="grannymh, post:7, topic:305860"]
I understand your position and the positions of other Christians and of non-theists.:D
Therefore, I will do my best to post only from the Catholic point of view --- without debating the faith or non-faith of other good people.
From the Catholic doctrinal position, the historical presence of two, sole, real, human parents of humankind is founded on the existence of God as Creator.(Source: Genesis 1: 1) The belief that God is Creator continues today in the Niceno-Constantinopolitan Creed professed in Sunday's Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. "I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible."
I can only guess why some, not all, Catholics start with an unquestionable belief in natural science as their primary guide to the existence of the human species.
Isaiah chapter 55 is a good place to start when we consider the power of our Creator. Personally, I like verses 8 and 9. "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, says the Lord. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are My ways above your ways and My thoughts above your thoughts." (Those verses were originally my penance as part of the Sacrament of Reconciliation.)
We need to believe with every cell in our body, that God created a peerless species with Adam and Eve. Adam's nature, like our own, is an unique unification of both the material world of elephants and ants as well as the spiritual world of God Who calls us to share eternally in His divine life through the faculties or functions of our spiritual soul.
We humans live in the material world which is why our anatomies are similar to various animals. We share some of our bony structure (we are vertebrates) and internal structure (we have to eat) with animals. Catholics, because we believe our goal is eternal happiness in the presence of the Beatific Vision, also believe in our rational, non-material, spiritual soul. It is at the point of our spiritual soul and goal, that we are separate from all other living organisms. It is here that Catholics need to decide if natural science is the creator.
Yes, Catholics can believe that natural science can produce truth about the material/physical world-----But can natural science produce the whole truth about human nature as described by Catholic doctrines?
Leaving aside scientific arguments, I’m just asking a religious question. I know you have a soft spot for Adam and Eve but they seem tangential to the gospel. Personally I can’t remember any sermons, hymns or prayers about them, they rarely get a mention except by the occasional creationist. The story is so fantastical that they actually put me off being a Christian until friends said don't worry, and then the Spirit zapped me anyway, so I guess He's not bothered either :).
My impression is it’s much the same in Catholic circles, and your post kind of gives that away: in the story Adam and Eve don’t really have any spiritual qualities, they don’t even need any faith as god is physically right there walking in the garden.
So my question remains: would I be turned away from your Church purely because I can't believe they're anything more than allegory?