Well, I think the story of Original Sin is an allegory about humans coming to understand their mortal nature and the consequences of their actions. We see glimmers of this in elephants, great apes, and dolphins, but the real understanding belongs to us alone.<quoted text>
Thank you for your glimmer of objectivity. I think Adam was created from the elements of Earth, complete with better mental ability than either you or I have. Hey, he was a direct product of God (Deuteronomy 32:4) and need not even have died (Genesis 2:17).
I know that even apes display the rudiments of morality. As with most things we thought were unique and separate to humans, we see many of the basics in our primate cousins. The leap is in the ability to think rationally and abstractly at a far more complex level, thanks to a fore-brain that gradually tripled in size over the last 2 million years.
What I am adamant about is that you as a Christian have to reconcile your core beliefs with modern science, not try to ignore science or hope it will be overturned to sustain your beliefs. As far as I can tell, your only core belief is that you must seek forgiveness for your sins and repent of them. The rest is window dressing. It really does not matter whether Adam was formed from a lump of clay on a pottery wheel or whether Adamic consciousness of good and evil emerged in a clever ape-man (whose father was an ape-man too).
Obsession with non-core details that stem from an unreliable book, leading to continual denials of well established science, is why I regard fundamentalists as idolaters (of a book) rather than lovers of God or truth.