The bellybutton of our forefathers.
The question of whether Adam had a bellybutton has bothered philosophers from the beginning of time. Adam did not need a bellybutton, but it seems silly to imagine the father of all humankind without
one. The matter was finally solved by Philip Henry Gosse. About 125 years ago he wrote a serious work entitled "Omphalos" (bellybutton in Greek). He states in this work, that God created Adam in such a way, it was as though he had a human past.
Therefore he had a bellybutton, fingernails, hair, and features suggesting preceding growth and development. The arguments seem to be convincing - therefore we will just leave it at that - Adam had a bellybutton. The same line of reasoning was taken up by current
Creationists. It is also a view accepted by many artists. I looked through a few dozen works of art depicting Adam and Eve and could not find even one example
of the mother and father of humankind without a bellybutton.
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