Just one message?

A piece in Slate explains that almost everyone living today is descended from Jesus, if Jesus had any children. (I preferred Richard Dawkins’ explanation in The Ancestor’s Tale, but given the constraints of article length, it’s not really a fair comparison.)

In the article, Steve Olson writes, “The risk of today’s genetic genealogy tests is that they tend to divide people into groups, whereas the real message that emerges from genealogy is one of connections.”

It seems to me that the risk is seeing only one of these two messages, believing that they’re mutually exlusive, or seeing any situation in which there is only one “real message.”

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