Monday, 27 July 2009

How did Cain and Abel have kids?

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Here's an amusing little clip I found via the Friendly Atheist – a Catholic priest, who seems to be played by a young Edward Norton, on Fox News in the States asking "theological" questions posed by the public. Unfortunately for him, it doesn't take much to stump him – watch as he struggles to deal with the question "If God created Adam and Eve and they had Cain and Abel, with who exactly did Cain and Abel create children with? In other words, how did Adam and Eve's kids have kids?"

9 comments:

James Graham (Quaequam Blog!) said...

To be fair on him, he might simply not be a literalist (most Christians aren't) but feels he can't afford to say so on Fox News.

Tristan said...

One would assume Cain's wife was his sister or niece (in which case Abel married his sister).

This is so obvious, some non-biblical mythology states it (often demanded by God), usually Abel's twin sister.

If you want to be a literalist with a scientific bent then you could argue that since Adam and Eve were the first humans, they would have been genetically perfect, meaning that the their children having children together is far lower risk than today (when the risk is not very high).

I suspect he didn't want to open the kettle of fish that incest would be though...

Nerys said...

At least he had the decency to look embarrased at his lack of answer!

Makali said...

Funnily enough, this problem's well known. Tom Weller's solution in Science Made Stupid is my favourite, and he was kind enough to not only allow excerpts to be placed on line, but in fact has the entire book available to download for free, now that it's out of print. It's fantastically funny.

Joe Hayhurst said...

"The fact is, erm, we don't know exactly how things happened!"

Yep.

Entdinglichung said...

some weirdos like the racist and anti-semitic Christian Identity movement invented "non-white Pre-Adamitic races" for answering this question

Another Blogger said...

Hello Makali, your link was hilarious! Thanks for sharing!

Editor said...

He was smart by admitting that this was a question that he could not answer. He was also quick to turn on the guilt by talking about original sin and how we today fail to follow god.

Perhaps the most disappointing is the fact that when mainstream media does choose to cover religious issues, it often turns to the catholic church.

Vince said...

The fact is we don't know how exactly thinks happen...
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