Discover Ames

Lecture: “Adam, Eve & Evolution”

Evolutionary science teaches that humans, arose from a population, sharing common ancestors with other animals. Most readers of the book of Genesis in the past understood all humans descended from Adam and Eve, a couple specially created by God. These two teachings seem contradictory, but is that necessarily so?

In a conversation with Thomas Ingebritsen, associate professor emeritus of genetics development and cell biology at ISU, Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass will explain his scientific hypothesis: What if the traditional biblical account is somehow true, with the origins of Adam and Eve taking place alongside evolution? Building on well-established but overlooked science, Swamidass explains how it’s possible for Adam and Eve to be rightly identified as the ancestors of everyone. This work opens new possibilities for understanding Adam and Eve, consistent both with the current scientific consensus and with traditional readings of Scripture.

S. Joshua Swamidass, MD, PhD, is a computational biologist, physician, academic and author. He is an Associate Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University in Saint Louis. He is a rising star in the area of faith and science with his Peaceful Science blog (Peaceful Science) and his recent book, The Genealogical Adam and Eve: The Surprising Science of Universal Ancestry. Dr. Swamidass was recently elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), for his distinguished contributions to the field of deep learning in computational biology, and for extraordinary public outreach promoting an understanding of science among communities of faith.


Mar 07 2023


7:00 pm


Memorial Union Sunroom

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