Those who know Ed Yamauchi must admit that his knowledge of the Bible is second to none. What he has to say about evolution constitutes valid evidence. For those who do not know Ed, here is a little background:
Ed Yamauchi is a WORLD renowned Christian scholar. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edwin_M._Yamauchi
Ed's areas of expertise include: Ancient History, Old Testament, New Testament, Early Church History, Gnosticism, and Biblical Archaeology. He has been awarded eight fellowships, contributed chapters to several books, articles in reference works, and has published 80 essays in 37 scholarly journals. He has been a member and officer of the Institute for Biblical Research, an organization of scholars devoted to the research of the Bible.
Summary of a talk Tom Schaber had with Ed Yamauchi at Miami Universitie's Rec Center, January 31, 2009
Explained my position, asked point blank, "As a Christian scholar, what is your position on Evolution"?
Got a history lesson on various positions on Evolution from creationists to 2500 scientists who believe in evolution.
Asked again, "What do you believe"?
Said that Carl Sagon has a materialistic view of the Universe, he (Ed) has a deistic view: i.e. God created the universe with the big bang, 13 Billion years ago.
Asked, "Where does evolution fit into that schema"?
He, after several history lessons said that "given the overwhelming scientific evidence, we are on this earth via evolution".
Asked, "So how do you reconcile Adam and Eve with this view of our beginnings"?
Got a history lesson that somehow included discussions of Indians in America and apparent biblical condoning of slavery which Harriet Beacher Stowe wrote about.
So how do you reconcile Adam and Eve with your view of evolution"?
Got a history lesson on Creationists and their beliefs. God created Adam from dust, etc.
PEARL: Pointed out that all indications in Genisis are that the Adam and Eve story took place in Mesopotamia. But the earliest human fossil remains were found in Africa.
So how do you reconcile Adam and Eve with your view of evolution; I'm really interested to hear what you believe because, Chris, my son-in-law, believes that man was created whole - no evolution.
Answer: "There are a lot of problems."
There are several ways to look at it.
Me: Ed, how do you look at it? I want to know what YOU think.
Ed: I don't know. I'm open to suggestion.
Me: What about soul? Whenever man gained a soul, that was Adam.
Ed: Yes - that's target="_blank">the view held by (I don't remember who he said).
Me: But Ed, what do you think?
Ed: I don't know how to process it.
Me: But you do believe that man evolved over 3.5 billion years as evolution theory says?
Ed: Yes, you have to given the overwhelming scientific evidence.