Chapter 11: Was there an Adam and Eve

Prehistoric life, prehistoric man, Adam and Eve, and the scriptures are all compatible.

  • The scriptural account of Adam and Eve; the partaking of the forbidden fruit which resulted in the Fall of Mankind; and the Atonement of Christ to redeem mankind from the fall are pivotal to religion.
  • Chapter 11 presents a possible scenario that allows prehistoric life, prehistoric man, Adam and Eve, and the scriptures to be compatible.
  • Since the scriptures do not mention prehistoric life or prehistoric man, this scenario could be wrong, but God could have easily used another method. What is most important is the realization that everything can be compatible with God and the scriptures.
  • The scriptures indicate that prehistoric man was removed before Adam and Eve were placed onto the Earth.
    • The scriptures state: And Adam called his wife’s name Eve; because she was the mother of all living.
    • If prehistoric man was still around, this scripture could not be true.

Scientists tell us that 99% of all life forms represented in the fossil record are now extinct.

  • Scientists tell us that many of these prehistoric life forms helped form the oil and natural gas reserves.
  • It would appear the Savior did not intend for the prehistoric life forms to remain on the Earth.

World population is discussed, illustrating how our present-day population could have grown from what it was after Noah’s flood to what it is today.

The chapter also discusses whether or not a civilization representing a new species can be established.

  • Scientists describe the life style of prehistoric man 200,000 years ago (this is when the Homo sapiens first appeared):
    • Man was a food gatherer. Subsistence came from hunting wild animals and birds, fishing, and collecting wild fruits, nuts, and berries. With the horse not yet domesticated, everyone in the community must have gone food hunting on a daily basis.
    • Village sizes were probably 200-300 people, perhaps similar to an American Indian Village in the 1800s.
  • Visualize the first Homo sapien born in one of these villages. How long would it be take in the village for another Homo sapien to be born; of the opposite sex; allowing reproduction to start a new civilization? Would it be before the first one died?
  • How often are new species born?
  • Do we have any records in modern history when a new species has been born?
  • Ponder the number of births that have occurred in our modern history without a new species being born.
  • Should we expect that a new species would be born in our small community of 200 to 300 people―that is the same species and of the opposite sex―before the first one died?
  • Isn’t that a mathematical impossibility?
  • Without communication between villages, if another was born outside the community, there would not be a way to bring the two together.

The chapter closes with a discussion on how God provides for a civilization to grow and the importance of marriage and families.


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