Navel curio 1:
Medieval artists didn’t just paint Adam’s leaves on for modesty, but to avoid taking a stand on one of the hottest questions of the day – did Adam and Eve have navels?
Navel curio 2:
In 1857, Christian naturalist Philip Gosse thought he had solved the apparent conflict between the biblical story of a comparatively recent six-day creation and the fossil record which suggested that the earth was millions of years old.
Gosse suggested that God had really created the world in six days, but God had made it look like it was already ancient, complete with the remains of non-existent pre-historic life. Just like Gosse believed Adam would have been created with a navel, though he wouldn’t have needed one or even have had an umbilical cord. Not surprisingly, this explanation pleased neither conservative Christians nor evolutionists.
I’ve called this blog Adam’s Navel because I believe that Christians today shouldn’t be making the same kind of mistake that Gosse made: not all loose ends can be tied up with ingenious answers. Adam’s Navel isn’t about being satisfied with pat or easy solutions. It’s about exploring ideas of faith and society from within a Christian world-view. It aims to be stimulating, engaging and hopefully thought-provoking, a theological sandbox where I can try out ideas without anyone (hopefully) getting hurt.
P.S. If you’re interested, you can read more about the fascinating but flawed Philip Gosse in his son Edmund’s wonderful memoir Father and Son. Evolutionist Stephen Jay Gould’s little book Adam’s Navel also has an interesting discussion.
About me: adamsnavel
I have a Master of Theology and I’m currently working on a PhD in Design. My fields of interest include eschatology, aesthetics, social justice, material religion, Biblical theology and hermeneutics.