Friday, June 28, 2013

Adam and Eve Stuff

With the creation of Adam the word clay does not reference animal, hominid, ape, or anything other than what is references to a second grader making a pot in art class. Clay is an inert object God used to miraculously form Adam's body with all its parts. God also created Adam's soul. The label clay cannot be rationally transferred over in a conceptual figure to label a hominid. And besides in such critical matters as first origins God and the sacred authors would presumably only get conceptual with their words where it is necessary. Saint Augustine taught that prophetic diction delights in mingling figurative and real language. But remember there is a rationale behind the use of language.  It is not as if God and the sacred authors are using conceptual figures for the delight of it like Shakespeare!!!

All figures are a type of lexical concept. The intellect understands a rational association between two objects (or concepts) and the will desires to replace one with the other for practical purposes of communication or to spice things up. In a figurative association, the label of the one object is transferred over as the new label for the other object. Even the labels of associated concepts can get switched.  One relation represents another relation. For example God and the sacred author have to use the object breath and concept breathing to represent Adam's soul and God acting to create Adam's soul. These conceptual figures resolve to an unapparent action and object. You cannot see God creating a soul or the soul itself; thus it has to be explained using figurative concepts. Breath relates the soul and God breathing relates God creating. Together breathing and breath relate and reference the unique type of soul God gave Adam. Adam has the type of soul that is intimately related to God.  There is a singular connection between God and the soul of Adam as well as his body.  Adam's type of soul has a quality conveyed straight from God like a stream of breath running from the mouth of one person to another person.  It is like a father and son type closeness or a husband and wife type closeness, or a sibling closeness.  All these get close enough to breath on each other.    

If you were there to see Adam's creation you would not see the creation of his soul. But you would certainly see his body coming into existence from some real clay. Clay is not a conceptual figure in this context.  You would also see that Adam begins to move on his own against the pull of all other objects. He came alive. So this Sacred Scripture does record a biological origin and the spiritual authority of the Church does have a right to interpret this matter of biological origin and correct scientific/philosophic speculations which do not proceed from the proper authority.

In context to first origins their is no reasonable association between the object clay and and the object hominid. The label clay is not transferred over to label a man-like animal. This absurd interpretation comes from a modern world-view of origins. The formation of Adam's body is not much of a mystery. God shaped it using some clay located on planet Earth and perhaps God was even elegant and custom in this His special work. God is after all the Genius behind this whole operation.

The real question is just when and where did Adam first appear. That is the question that needs a resolution. Where and when does Adam's appearance fit in with all that we have discovered, for example the fossils.  Fossils are facts of the Universal Movie. So where does Adam and Eve fit into the Universal Movie in relation to the fossils?  Catholics should seek a fresh and creative solution to this problem. An answer found using faith and a little critical thinking as well as creativity could put polygenism to rest forever. I will be blunt. I do not hold to polygenism. It is a ridiculous notion. All human persons now present descended from Adam and Eve. Eve's body came from Adam's body. And Adam's body came from the miracle God wrought and had recorded in Genesis.

And even though I find the biological theory of evolution very rational and think the concept can be used to speculate a small fraction of the Earth's history (recall I think Earth transformed from a star making it at least tens of billions of years old) I am not afraid of it in the least. It is a concept after all. Its application to the past is speculative. Speculations are not critical in context to first origins. Concepts were not there in the past when Adam's body appeared and began moving on its own. Nor were computer models remapping gene flow.  A problem is that the idea of evolution and now genomics have been taken too far.  

Prior to their sin Adam and Eve's bodies were immaculate and superior to our bodies. When you read some of Blessed Anne Catherine's writings it is clear that their bodies were glorified. They are unlike anything conceivable in relation to present man and what may be imagined from the fossils. And this is a mistake of the masses. They think that they can explain Adam and Eve without even taking into account that they and all their children, in seed, changed after the Fall. 

Adam and Eve were different prior to their sin. They were perfect, glorious, immaculate, innocent, immortal.  After their sin they still had the same heart, brains, bones and organs, the best DNA codes of all living objects, etc. and yet still they substantially changed. They received some harmful mutations in their bodies. They became more like hominids and less like glorious children of God. The DNA of the cells which produce their gametes changed (germline mutations). These mutations were passed on to their children!!!  By the end of their lives their DNA sequences would have changed even more due to their fallen condition and interaction with the fallen Earth. Genomes change in the course of a life! 

So it appears as if our first two parents bodies were never innocent, immaculate, glorious and immortal. This is one of the reasons why so many seem confused over this matter. DNA sequencing technology cannot account for the Fall of Adam and Eve.  Evolution and genomics cannot explain what happened.  Theories, computers, codes and math equations do not have faith and reason. The scientists who propose first origins do not allow themselves to be guided and corrected by Divine Revelation in their speculations of biological origins.  They convert assumptions into facts and concepts into objects.         

It is good to read some of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich's prophetic descriptions. In these it is clear that Adam and Eve's bodies did not evolve from a hominid:

I saw Adam created, not in Paradise, but in the region in which Jerusalem was subsequently situated. I saw him come forth glittering and white from a mound of yellow earth, as if out of a mold. . . . He was, as it were, born of the virgin earth. God blessed the earth, and it became his mother. He did not instantly step forth from the earth. Some time elapsed before his appearance. He lay in the hillock on his left side, his arm thrown over his head, a light vapor covering him as with a veil. . .
God called him. The hillock opened, and Adam stepped gently forth. 
Although his person was more like to flesh than to spirit, yet he was dazzlingly white. . . 
Near the tree by the water arose a hill [this is in Paradise]. On it I saw Adam reclining on his left side, his left hand under his cheek. God sent a deep sleep on him and he was rapt in vision. Then from his right side, from the same place in which the side of Jesus was opened by the lance, God drew Eve. I saw her small and delicate. But she quickly increased in size until full-grown. She was exquisitely beautiful.
Eve arose before Adam, and he gave her his hand. They were like two unspeakably noble and beautiful children, perfectly luminous, and clothed with beams of light as with a veil.
From Adams mouth I saw issuing a broad stream of glittering light, and upon his forehead was an expression of great majesty. Around his mouth played a sunbeam, but there was none around Eves. I saw Adams heart very much the same as in men of the present day, but his breast was surrounded by rays of light.  In the middle of his heart, I saw a sparkling halo of glory. In it was a tiny figure as if holding something in its hand. I think it symbolized the Third Person of the Godhead. From the hands and feet of Adam and Eve, shot rays of light. Their hair fell in five glittering tresses, two from the temples, two behind the ears, and one from the back of the head.
The glittering beams on Adams head denoted his abundant fruitfulness, his glory, his connection with other radiations. And all this shining beauty is restored to glorified souls and bodies. Our hair is the ruined, the extinct glory; and as is this hair of ours to rays of light, so is our present flesh to that of Adam before the Fall. The sunbeams around Adams mouth bore reference to a holy posterity from God,

The last time I saw a picture of the Neanderthal or one of these other hominids they did not appear unspeakably noble and beautiful to me. 

I would really love to hear what the Jews, Christians, and devout Muslims of the Middle East have to say about all these variations of polygenism proceeding from the West. I assume that they would laugh at them.

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