What do Catholics think of Kemp's Adam and Eve

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Catholic Philosopher Kenneth Kemp proposes and example of a Genealogical Adam and Eve, focusing on genealogical ancestry rather than genetic ancestry to affirm monogenesis. Ed Feser commented favorably on it, and Protestants are picking it up.

What do you think?


Being a chimera, I should have more interest in it, but I simply don’t.

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Entirely plausible (if you are a Catholic). It bridges the gap between the biological evidence and what the church teaches. It’s been suggested before within this forum. By @rossum I believe.

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Yes, though Dr. Kemp has put a lot more work into the idea than I have. As he says, the apparent contradiction is resolved by distinguishing between a biological human with human genes and a theological human with both human genes and a human soul.

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I posted the paper here before because I find it interesting. Note, it isn’t history or belief, but an argument that our theological monogenesis is not necessarily opposed to current science. I like the argument.

One could actually take Kemp’s proposal and still go with a nearly taking Genesis as literal history, with a literal garden, a literal fruit, Eve from Adam’s rib, Adam from clay, etc… Just when they were kicked out of the Garden Cain and Abel and Adam and Eve’s other children mated with the others from Kemp’s proposal. I don’t say I do that, but it could work. One would just need to go back much further than 6,000 year, but otherwise…

Others here dislike it.

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Not to belittle your contribution, but it’s a very simple and straightforward idea. But one that everyone who hears it thinks: ‘Why didn’t I think of that?’ Which is a mark of all great ideas.

We should treat fundamentalist beliefs with all the respect it deserves.

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Yup. That’s what I did in my book, adding a lot of science to strengthen the case.

Actually that isn’t right. It could be as recent as 6,000 years ago.

Why don’t they like it?

Because…it contradicts their fundamentalist beliefs…

I know about Protestant fundamentalists. I don’t know much about Catholic fundamentalists. What would they say are their fundamental beliefs?

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Are they literalists? Does AE have to be recent? Or could they be 200 Kya ago?

In my experience it varies. It would be unbecoming to name names, but I’m sure there’ll be one or two along in this thread shortly.

So, some creationists are convinces over by this view. It will be interesting to see what they think.

Fascinating to see that you are ahead of the pack in regard to this matter. I was going to fork out a few $$ for your book but I see it’s not available until December. I’ll check out one or two of the Veritas discussions in the meantime (https://youtu.be/Bz2j-TLu-fo). But I can see that you may well turn out to be the go-to guy whenever there are Genesis v Science discussions.

Welcome to the forum, SJS.

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See the Kolbe Center for one version of Catholic Creationism/Literalism. On a quick look they seem to be 6,000 year young earth types.

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I have seen some Catholic theologians dislike this, not because they are creationists, but more like the opposite: they don’t want to add unproven assertions to science based on religious beliefs, they want to accept scientific consensus as is or not mix religion into scientific discourse.

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And I would say it doesn’t do that. It’s not adding anything to science. It’s just an argument to show that the monogenesis of our faith isn’t necessarily contradictory to the current scientific consensus. It’s doesn’t need to be taken as an assertion that “this is how it happened.”

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