By: Garrett Haley
A respected molecular geneticist explores the historicity of Adam and Eve in a
newly-released documentary, explaining that modern findings in the field of
genetics confirm the Bible’s teachings that all humans descended from an
original couple created by God.
Dr. Georgia Purdom earned a Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Ohio State
University and has published papers in a number of scientific journals,
including the Journal of Neuroscience and the Journal of Bone and Mineral
Research. Formerly a biology professor, Purdom is now a researcher and speaker
for the Christian apologetics ministry Answers in Genesis (AiG).
Since joining AiG, Purdom has written numerous articles and been featured in
several DVDs and presentations. Her latest work, titled “The
Genetics of Adam & Eve,” examines the Genesis account of mankind’s origins
from the perspective of genetics.
“One of the biggest debates in Christianity today concerns the first two people:
were Adam and Eve real or are they the product of myths?” Purdom wrote in an
article for AiG. “Those who claim we have evolved over millions of years believe
that Adam and Eve, as the Bible teaches about them, have no place in human
history. They argue that the science of genetics proves we cannot be descended
from only two people. Many Christians have accepted this position and propose
that their historical existence is irrelevant to Christianity and the gospel.”
In an interview with Christian News Network, Purdom proposed that
the historical existence of Adam and Eve is imperative for a proper
understanding of the gospel.
“A historical Adam and Eve and original sin are the foundation of the gospel,”
she said. “The bad news, sin and death, begins in Genesis 3 when Adam and Eve
Appreciating that Adam and Eve were real people helps people realize the need
for a savior, Purdom explained.
“We need the good news, grace and life, which is found in the death and
resurrection of Jesus Christ,” she said. “Jesus is the solution to the problem
of evil that began in Genesis 3. Paul made this connection very clear in Romans
5 and 1 Corinthians 15.”
Purdom then detailed some recent genetic findings that support the Bible’s
“One of the most compelling genetic evidences for an original human couple
created by God is mitochondrial DNA research done by creation geneticist, Dr.
Nathaniel Jeanson,” she advised. “He clearly shows that the common human female
ancestor of us all (biblical Eve) lived within the biblical timeframe of several
thousand years ago.”
These findings, along with other evidence presented in “The Genetics of Adam &
Eve,” directly contradict the claims of evolutionists, said Purdom.
“This female ancestor could not have lived 100,000 or more years ago as the
evolutionists claim,” she continued. “In addition, genetics clearly shows that
human and chimps do not share a common ancestor. There are many, many
differences in their DNA that completely undermine the possibility of shared
ancestry only a few million years ago.”
Purdom told Christian News Network that Christians should equip themselves with
this scientific information, so that they can defend the reliability of the
Bible, starting in Genesis.
“Christians should be aware of the scientific proof for creation because Genesis
is the most hotly debated book among evangelical Christians,” she asserted. “We
need to show people that science supports and confirms the history presented in