During a recent “Spirituality and Transhumanism” conference at the University of Utah, one presenter showed an illustration of Adam and Eve. They were both very white, and Eve had blond hair. The presentation dealt with issues of race and evolution. The presenter suggested that man evolved like other animals, and at the appropriate time, God instilled consciousness or sentience or a soul or an eternal spirit or something similar. This seems like a reasonable idea for religious transhumanists.
Since most evolutionists seem to feel that man evolved in Africa, using the above logic, it seem likely that Adam and Eve were black, not lily white. Eve’s blood hair is also problematic. If one believes in this scenario, then illustrations of a black first couple would seem to be in order. I can’t image a scenario where Adam and Eve would be blood and white.
Is the racial makeup of the first couple important? To me it is very important. Given much of the racial history of the world, retreating from Scandanavian stereotypes of biblical figures is important.
One blog writer has even suggested that:
As for skin color, I think the possibilites should include transparent (seeing though the myth), Ken and Barbie pink (the plasticity theory), Green (alien Adam and Eve), and crispy black (spending too much time in the sun with no protective clothing).
While this quote is humorous, it also has a serious message. We need to acknowledge that race is one of the most politically important proxies we use to hate and fear other human beings, particularly those who are different from ourselves.
It is important that we make our mythological figures look more diverse. And a black Adam and Eve is a good place to start.