[Jesus] would have had over 99% of his DNA in common with both Mary and Joseph — and also you and me and everyone you know.
At the same time, the notion that there was a first Homo sapiens ultimately doesn’t work. If we followed humanity backwards in time, there would be no obvious place to draw a line between H. sapiens and earlier hominins.
So to think about the effects of the primal sin, the concept which we call original sin, seems to hinge in Scripture on two things: our capacity as rational beings, and the exercise of this rational capacity to choose something other than God.
Earlier this summer, I had the privilege to attend BioLogos’ Evolution & Christian Faith conference. It was easily the best experience I’ve had at an academic conference.