It's not a dodge. That's what I was taught. I've never had a pastor, or a theology professor who was a biblical literalist.<quoted text>That's the usual dodge.
But for people who take everything in the Bible literally this part poses some pretty difficult spiritual questions. For those who truly believe God created one man and one woman to start the world, the existence of a group of people who weren't part of "the Creation" poses difficult questions.
Where did they come from and who created them?
And all religions and all cultures have creation stories, that often present logical inconsistencies, and questions that are either not fully answered or are unanswerable.
I've been an amateur astronomer for over 40 years. I believe in the big bang theory (I don't like the tv show of the smae name), that stars and planets condesned out of nebulae, and that life is a natural consequence of those processes governed by universal physical laws as expounded by Newton, Kepler, Einstein and others. HOW EXACTLY did humans come to eb here ? I don't know. And neither does anyone else. I know that God put us here. But rather than just wave a magic wand and God said "POOF ! You're here !", I don't believe that. He used some natural processes, taht we are as yet unaware of, to accomplish that. GOD'S ART is mathematics, physics, cosmology, the universal laws that govern all physical processes. Religion and science seek to answer two ENTIRELY DIFFERENT THINGS. Religion asks "WHO made all things and what is their nature ?" Science askas "HOW do all things work and what is their nature ?
Not only do I find no conflict between science and religion, and I think many uninfomred people mistakenly beliee that tehre IS a conflict between the two, the more I learn about science, the more my religious beliefs are reaffirmed and strengthened because the natural world is SO COMPLEX, it's existence, intricate workings, and balance CANNOT be an "accident".(I realize others may disagree with much of what i have said here and that's ok.)