Today, there is a significant paradigm shift taking place within the evangelical academy in its approach to understanding the identity of Adam. Due to a mixture of biblical and scientific reasons, an increasing number of evangelical scholars are beginning to deny the supernatural creation of Adam. Viewing Adam as anything other than the first human, who was supernaturally created, is now becoming a standard interpretation for many within the evangelical community. This shift has come about largely by evangelicals who are committed to embracing evolution as the way God created the world and formed the first human being. A number of proposals for interpreting Adam have been suggested by theologians who embrace evolution: that he is stereotypical, a neo-lithic farmer, the head of a tribe, an archetype of humanity, or that he did not even exist. In order to understand Genesis this way they have to sacrifice the clear teaching of the Bible to fit with a particular evolutionary view of Earth's history.
Unfortunately, these scholars seem unaware of the devastating consequences for synthesizing evolution with Bible. In his book Darwin's Dangerous Idea, the atheist philosopher Daniel Dennett likened Darwin's idea of natural selection acting on chance variations to that of a "universal acid" that is so corrosive that nothing can contain it. According to Dennett, Darwinism eats through virtually every traditional concept of mankind's most cherished beliefs about God, value, meaning, purpose, culture, and morality — everything. The evidence of the "universal acid" that is Darwinism and how it erodes Christian doctrine is seen in the beliefs of "professing Christian" and committed Darwinist Karl Giberson, who stated the following in his book How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution:
Acid is an appropriate metaphor for the erosion of my fundamentalism, as I slowly lost my confidence in the Genesis story of creation and the scientific creationism that placed this ancient story within the framework of modern science. Dennett’s universal acid dissolved Adam and Eve; it ate through the Garden of Eden; it destroyed the historicity of the events of creation week. It etched holes in those parts of Christianity connected to these stories—the fall, “Christ as second Adam,” the origins of sin, and nearly everything else that I counted sacred.