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Were Adam and Eve real people or just symbolic of man and woman?
They may have been. It is easy to identify a single couple from whom all living humans are descended. We know that all living humans are descended from Mitochondrial Eve, hence all humans are are descended from her parents. However, those two parents were not the only two biological humans alive on the planet at the time. They could well have been the only two biological humans with souls alive at the time. Science cannot detect whether or not a fossil hominid had a soul or not when it was alive.
Was Noah also real?
There probably was a man in a boat who survived a flood with his family and some animals. The flood was not worldwide and the world population of humans has never been as low as eight. We know enough about the variations in the human genome, and the places where it matches with the Chimpanzee genome, to say that our population has never dropped that low since we split from our last common ancestor with the Chimps.
Does the church have a stance of the validity of their existence?