Dr. Arthur F. Holmes famously quipped that “all truth is God’s truth.” I was reminded of this veritable statement while listening to Dr. Joshua Swamidass’ recent lecture (along with the students in my Race Relations in America course) at the L. Russ Bush Center for Faith and Culture on September 21. Specifically, Dr. Swamidass reminded me that Christians can be confident that God’s truth is indeed true, even when tangible evidence of that truth is not present.
In his lecture on what genetics tells us about human origins and the concept of race, Dr. Swamidass highlighted the crisis faced by the church in the aftermath of Columbus’ “discovery” of the Western Hemisphere in 1492. The existence of aborigines in previously unknown lands seemed to undermine the Bible’s assertion that all mankind descended from Adam and Eve. However, when confronted with this unprecedented challenge to the veracity of the Genesis account, church fathers continued to defend monogenesis (the theory that all humans descended from one couple), even when they could not explain how antipodeans could have possibly descended from Adam and Eve. They trusted that the truth of human origins, once established, would correspond with the Scriptures.