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How could we ever know whether or not Eve had red hair?
‘The final virtue I shall mention is fidelity to God and dedication to His cause in the world as one’s chief end. The Christian intellectual is here to serve a Name, not to make one. Unfortunately, I have seen too many Christian thinkers who have a certain texture or posture in life that gives the impression that they are far more concerned with assuring their academic colleagues that they are not ignorant fundamentalists than they are with pleasing God and serving His people. Such thinkers often give up too much intellectual real estate far too readily to secular or other perspectives inimical to the Christian faith. This is why many average Christian folk are suspicious of the mind today. All too often, they have seen intellectual growth in Christian academics lead to a cynical posture unfaithful to the spirit of the Christian way. I have always been suspicious of Christian intellectuals whose primary agenda seems to be to remove embarrassment about being an evangelical and to assure their colleagues that they are really acceptable, rational people in spite of their evangelicalism. While we need to be sensitive to our unbelieving friends and colleagues, we should care far less about what the world thinks than about what God thinks of our intellectual life. Fidelity to God and His cause is the core commitment of a growing Christian mind. Such a commitment engenders faithfulness to God and His people and inhibits the puffiness that can accompany intellectual growth.’
– Moreland, J.P., 1997. Love your God with all Your Mind: The Role of Reason in the Life of the Soul, NavPress, Colorado Springs, Colorado, pp. 110–111.
A: Even though we don’t have photos, we can say Eve was not a redhead. How do we know, and why does it matter?
The Bible teaches us that all people are descendants of Adam and Eve, so we need to be able to explain why people have different hair color.
Actually, skin and hair color result from the relative levels of two types of melanin pigment: a dark brown pigment, and a reddish version of the pigment. The reason some people have red hair is because they don’t have the ability to produce the usual levels of the dark pigment. Because of this, the red pigment of redheads reacts directly with sunlight to produce chemicals which cause damage to their DNA, which can lead to skin cancer.
This inability to produce the dark-brown pigment is probably caused by a mutation, a result of the Curse. Originally, Adam and Eve would have had both types of melanin pigment—so Eve would not have been a redhead!
When we understand about the pigment that gives color to hair and skin, it’s easy to defend that all people are descendants of Adam and Eve.
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