Every time I see new posts in the thread, I cringe. But this time, I actually thought some people were raising some interesting points.
I've had several Evolution discussions with friends, but I always come away disappointed. It seems that very, very few Christians actually think about the real implications of Evolution. For the record, I believe in the theory without reservations, and I'm really uncomfortable with the fact that educated people continue to deny its existence publically. That's a much bigger problem than any theological issues.
Ok I think you said it earlier but the conception of death before the Fall is problematic.If you allegorize the Garden of Eden to mean "the pre-lapsarian world", perhaps. But that is an allegorical statement that many disagree with.
The Garden of Eden is not an allegory. It is a myth. Whether allegory is proper to myth is another question.
This is where knowing your genre is helpful.
But this is old news and boring. Anyone who tries to allegorize it to fit science or simply to take it as science it just missing the point completely and uninteresting.
Historically, there have been three Christian views on the Creation and Eden narratives: either they are literally true, or they are allegories, or some combination of the two. I agree with you that "myth" is the proper description. There is no way to fit the stories to the known narrative of the human past without obfuscating their point. This compells some of us to say that the Church Fathers were generally incorrect in their precise understanding of these passages, a fact which makes it impossible to discuss these issues within some Orthodox circles. I'm willing to bite the bullet on "following" the Church Fathers when it comes to things like this.
The big problem is clearly mortality before the Fall. There are various solutions to this issue, none without their own problems.
But the issue of prelapsarian death doesn't occurr to most people. Most people get caught up on the question of whether humans are animals. I say that humans are, indeed, animals. The fact that we have relatively powerful intellects doesn't change that. I think this is a non-problem.
I don't know what other questions Evolution raises for us. I haven't been able to think of any.