How do evangelicals and other conservative/moderate Christians account for the scientific consensus that humans originated in east Africa, not the Middle East, as the Bible suggests?
As described earlier, molecular anthropologists have found the greatest human genetic diversity to be among African populations, leading them to conclude that humanity originated in Africa, most likely east Africa. They continue to use DNA from different populations to determine how humanity populated the earth. National Geographic’s Geographic Project, launched in 2005, invites the public to participate in this study by contributing DNA for analysis. The project website includes a map of human migration routes based on DNA evidence.
This evidence is consistent with the biblical account of humanity originating at one location, although the biblical account suggests a Middle Eastern location. However, as discussed in [a previous part of this book] the Bab el Mandeb strait and much of the Red Sea were dry near the end of the last ice age, facilitating human migration from the Middle East to east Africa (for instance following banishment from the Garden of Eden) and vice-versa. Hence, genetic evidence pointing to an east African location for human origins is not inconsistent with a Middle Eastern location for Eden.
—Josh and Sean McDowell, Evidence That Demands a Verdict, p. 436
Gary: Good grief. Once again my point is proven: If you believe in your heart (due to the alleged testimony of the Holy Spirit) that your ancient supernatural belief system is true, you can always make the scientific evidence, whatever it is, compatible with your belief.
No amount of objective evidence will ever convince these people of the falseness of this ancient tall tale as long as they believe that a spirit (ghost) lives inside their body, giving them secret knowledge and life direction. How do we get through to them???
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