SCIENCE AND ORIGINAL SIN

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY PUNCTURED THE NOTION OF A SIX-DAY CREATION, BUT BIBLICAL THEMES OF GOOD AND EVIL ARE MORE ROBUST

As a story of creation, the Book of Genesis long, long ago crumbled under the weight of science, notably Darwin's theory of natural selection. But Genesis isn't just about the beginning of the human race. It is also about the beginning of evil--about how and why sin and suffering entered human experience and stayed there. And here the verdict of science is more ambiguous. In some ways, the Bible's account of evil actually draws strength from the very Darwinism that undermined its account of history.

This doesn't mean that paleontologists have found hominid bones with "Adam" stamped on them along with...

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