“For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.”
I Corinthians 15:22
What exactly did the writer of the first three chapters of Genesis mean to communicate about the origin of mankind? Views vary drastically within Christendom about where Adam came from in the material sense and even whether or not he was a historical individual at all. The debate shows no signs of abating; it is one of the hot-button topics in science and theology these days. How this question is answered has direct implications for essential Christian doctrine.