The problem isn’t “how many sons and daughters did Adam and Eve have?”, it’s “did the children of Adam and Eve commit incest in order to propagate the human species?”.
Please note that the question isn’t asking “if there were incest, then why aren’t we all genetically damaged by it?”
The question is asking the following:
- isn’t incest morally evil? Aren’t we saying, by asserting this, that the human race was initially propagated through immoral acts?
- empirical analysis tells us that there was never a bottleneck of less than 10K or so distinct human persons. If this is the case, then how do we square up an explanation of Genesis that attempts to claim scientific/historical accuracy with empirical data that conflicts with it? (Other than just saying “God is always right; man is therefore, by definition, wrong.”)
No – that makes us humans. It does not make us “not animals.”
Umm… even those Catholics around here who are willing to float the idea that’s being presented in this thread would assent to the proposition that “there were two first truly human parents, to whom tradition gives the names ‘Adam’ and ‘Eve’, and from whom all humans proceed.” Note, however, that this doesn’t imply that we proceed only from Adam and Eve; it’s just that they were our first true human parents, and we all share in their lineage.
To be fair, if one posits that the Genesis account is literally true, then he literally is arguing that Adam was created from pre-existing matter, and that Eve was created from pre-existing and living matter.