Were Adam and Eve Green?

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.

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3 Responses to Were Adam and Eve Green?

  1. Susan says:

    It all depends on “where” you feel that your “Garden of Eden” existed, doesn’t it? If the Garden of Eden was in Independence, Missouri (or thereabouts), it is probably reasonable to assume that they certainly could have been blond and blue eyed. Africa, then black would be reasonable. But then we get into the question, did the Garden of Eden really exist?

  2. Roger Hansen says:

    If you believe the DNA evidence, I think an African “Garden of Eden” is the only place that makes sense. I’m not aware of any evolutionist (common descent) who would argue that Africans evolved from whites. If you believe in the literal curse of Cain (or Ham), then it might work. But hopefully doctrinal beliefs related to curses are dying (and none too soon).

  3. dor says:

    So many threads of importance here.

    Image and symbol are extremely important. The mind recalls using image. The fruit of the tree of knowledge is recalled as an apple because of art and not scripture. Likewise Anglo images of Adam and Eve create a racial hierarchy where one does not exist.

    From a common descent standpoint, borne out by genetic evidence as we heard at the MTA conference, Africa is the womb of the world.

    Still, did the garden of Eden exist? A truth (but perhaps not the fact) is that there are so many Edens. Anytime we come together in community, joined by love in pursuit of non-egoic creation or stewardship, we recall and recreate Eden.

    So, too, the fall from the Eden also recreates again and again over time.

    Jesus told us that God alone is good. The fruit of the knowledge of good and evil is the mistaken belief that there is just one right way, just one path to God, just one Eden.

    We are all Jesus; we are all Judas; we are all Moses; we are all Pharaoh.

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