A few weeks ago, I was listening to Catholic Answers Live, and a caller asked about Adam and Eve and whether or not they were real people. The answerer (it was one of the regulars; either Jimmy Aiken or Karl Keating–probably Jimmy–but I always mix up those two guys’ names) said that Adam and Eve were definitely humans (as opposed to creatures from other universes or something) and even said that there are some Catholic theologians who say that Adam and Eve might actually be symbols for the early human race.
I really liked the idea that Catholics can believe that Adam and Eve were literally two individuals OR that they were symbols for the early human race; I like that openness to interpretation on something that doesn’t seem to impact our daily lives in the way that some other things do.
But then this afternoon, I’m listening to an encore presentation of Catholic Answers Live again, and the calendar tells me the answerer is Tim Staples. Someone called with a similar question, and the answerer said that Adam and Eve were definitely two real human beings. He made references to some teaching on Original Sin from the Council of Trent.
Is it possible for these two ideas to exist together? Is it possible I’ve misunderstood one or the other of these shows?