Without Adam and Eve

Without Adam and Eve and the Creation myth, what would probably be different about Christian theology, doctrine, and beliefs?

Some things that come to mind for me are:

1) Original Sin. Without this story, how would we come to think that a sin nature passes through generational lines? Or that there was ‘original sin’ at all?

1a) …thus, infant baptism would probably not be taught/understood/practiced.

2) What would be our reasons for Jesus having to die for us if we didn’t have the “first Adam” story and its lessons?

3) Marriage. Would we just be missing one argument about “man and woman only” or would a larger definition of marriage change?

4) Satan: what would our beliefs about evil be like?

5) Would we really understand sin? How would our theology on sin look without it?

Basically, I’m really curious about how much we derive from a story, a myth. when I really get thinking about it, so much of Christian theology and doctrine has been formed out of this tale.

hmm… thoughts?

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2 thoughts on “Without Adam and Eve

  1. Julia, I’m also very much interested in this myth and how it has affected all of us. Here are a few excerpts (lightly edited) that I’d like to share with you and your readers, from:

    http://www.annebaring.com/anbar08_seminar3.htm

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    In this seminar we will explore the long term effects of the belief system that grew out of the myth of the Fall. The Biblical myth has been taken literally as divine revelation and this has fostered a concept of human nature as innately flawed, contaminated by sin and separate from God. The myth stands at the beginning of our cultural inheritance and so powerful is this long mythological conditioning that it is very difficult to become aware of the assumptions derived from it, let alone to challenge and disempower them. The relevance of this myth to ourselves today is that the deeper layers of the soul which for so many thousands of years had known a life of participation with creation through an instinctual perception of the wholeness and unity of life, were now abruptly deprived of that perception…

    Since it is deeply destructive to people to tell them that they are flawed, or in a state of sin from the time they are old enough to understand what is taught to them, people will unconsciously try to get rid of this intolerable burden by offloading their unconscious feelings of guilt and projecting these onto other groups or other people. These are then identified and named as something nasty or evil that needs to be got rid of, eliminated. Hence the shadow aspect of Christian history with its persecution of the Jews, Muslims or any group perceived and named as heretical or threatening to the power of the Christian Church or Christian state. Even now we can see how easily negative projections can be activated in our society and are daily reflected in the media (for example, the vilification of homosexuality). There is no awareness of the shadow aspect of our attack – i.e. the conviction that we are blameless and that only the “other” deserves blame.

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    The whole article is interesting… any thoughts?

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