Peopling of the Earth – Adam
50. Did the human race begin with one man only?
“No; he whom you call Adam was neither the first nor the only man who peopled the earth.”
51. Is it possible to know at what period Adam lived?
“About the period which you assign to him; that is to say, about 4000 years before Christ.”
The man of whom, under the name of Adam, tradition has preserved the memory, was one of those who, in some one of the countries of the globe, survived one of the great cataclysms which at various epochs have changed its surface, and who became the founder of one of the races that people the earth at the present day. The laws of nature render it impossible that the amount of progress which we know to have been accomplished by the human race of our planet long before the time of Christ could have been accomplished as rapidly as must have been the case.
If it had only been in existence upon the globe since the period assigned as the date of Adam. The opinion most consonant with reason is that which regards the story of Adam as a myth, or as an allegory personifying the earliest ages of the world.
Editor’s note: as explained on Allan Kardec’s book “The Genesis”, we must not reject the Biblical version of the creation. Instead, we should study it deeply to find the hidden meanings of the allegories, with the help of reason and science. This book also reminds us that, according to the Bible, Adam and Eve were the only inhabitants of the Earth. Later they had their sons, Cain and Abel. When Cain left home to go to the East of Eden, there were only three people on Earth: his parents and himself. There he found his wife. Was this woman a descendent of Adam and Eve? Probably not. Cain was also buiding a city, and from that can be inferred that there were people on that place other than his wife and son.
This is not a new thought. In 1655, La Peyrère defended in his book “Preadamitas” the idea that the Bible has been incorrectly translated over the centuries, and that the original text explained that the Earth was inhabited before the time of Adam.
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