KittenKoder has a great answer to you on comment #64050<quoted text>
All great points that should end in "we think" no matter what you think you know you maybe able to remove most uncertainty but you will never know it all. In the quest for certainty only an idiot claims to know it all and has history has shown us even the "small stuff" can change I'm positive to I'm not sure.
Consider this: Archaeologists have been telling us for decades that they had worked out the sequence of hominids from monkey to human, and that sequence did not have room for a Adam and Eve scenario like in the Bible. Creationists just ignored the evidence.
Then the paleoanthropologists and archaeologists found evidence that modern humans (Homo-sapiens...us) were roaming the African savannas around 200,000 years ago. This apparently also leaves no room for the Adam and Eve story as the Bible relates. Creationists just ignored this news.
Now, most recently, DNA science has not only backed up the 200,000 year old date, but has also shown that we are connected by blood to earlier Hominids and that most humans alive today (except sub-Saharan Africans) carry a small percentage of Neanderthal genes/blood. I think this definitively kills the Adam and Eve story as related in the Bible.
So we pretty much can delete them from the truth column and demote them to just allegory.
This creates a REAL problem for Jesus (well actually a lot more stuff also) courtesy of Paul's meddling with what he thought was REAL history, but turned out to not be so.
You see as time goes on and scientists do their thing without regard to what happens to some perceived truth as they report their findings...things ARE changing. A lot of different sciences have converged to make Genesis and Exodus toast...except as allegory.
Now, whatever will we do about Jesus??