Most of the time the discussion between creationists and everyone else centers on science. Creationists feel they can discredit the science and weaken acceptance of evo, we knock down the zombie lies hoping they will come to their sense. But theologically, they can’t do that, ever, and still be consistent:
Myrtle Beach — Ross said the issue of an historical, flesh-and-blood Adam and Eve is important in the ARP denomination because of two key passages in the Bible, Romans 5:12 and I Corinthians 15:20, which brings together Adam, who ushers sin and death into the world, and Christ, who offers life and salvation.
If Adam is a symbolic figure meant, as many evolution adherrents believe, to represent God’s creation over millions of years, it “turns this part of the Bible into a myth, and the ARP Church is committed to the Bible as the Word of God.”
Bingo. No Adam and Eve, as the first and only couple in the Garden of Eden with the Serpent, means no original disobedience. Which means no excuse for an all loving, all powerful Creator to throw them and their descendents out into a cruel world of decay, disease, and death. It also means there could be no reason to provide special salvation to escape death through Jesus Christ.
Creationists are right in one sense, evolution is an enemy of most any classic or new age creation story. But the enemy isn’t just evolution, it’s virtually every field of natural history that exposes Genesis for the Ancient Near East fable it is. I’ve argued and written that the only way to keep creationists in check is to win over believers. This is a proven stratgey. But how those theistic allies juggle physics, geology, biology, and astronomy, all of which independently confirm an ancient universe and some of which thoroughly debunk a literal Adam and Eve, is up to them. I can offer no real help there.