If the account of Adam and Eve is just a story meant to demonstrate a principle, and if it never really happened, where do we draw the line? Who is to say if any Bible account is historical? Maybe the stuff about King David and King Solomon are just stories. For that matter, maybe the stuff about Jesus is just an illustrative tale! To paraphrase Tiffy, maybe "the only reason literal fundamentalists are so insistent that" Jesus Christ was a real historical character "is in defence of their assertion that every word of the Bible must be taken literally. It is a matter of what has the right to control one's behaviour. The Bible for them is an authority, not merely an inspired collection of self help healing books and a travel guide and road map back to God. It has been provided, according to their way of thinking, by God, to legislate and control our behaviour, threaten destruction to the wicked, and provide instructions for salvation for the elect." Let's keep in sight the fact that there are hundreds of millions of people who think that the account of Jesus' virgin birth, sinless life, and resurrection is a "tall tale" and a fabrication, and a great many of those even doubt that Jesus ever existed at all. They think Christians are just a bunch of control freaks, too gullible to see that their book is a bunch of fairy tales. This lie of the devil is the eventual end product of the train of thought which begins with the more-easily-accepted lie, "Adam and Eve never literally existed."