Eve: the first Pandora

The stories of Eve and Pandora are equated in this 1550 painting by Jean Cousin the Elder, Eva Prima Pandora (Eve the first Pandora). It features a naked woman reclining in a grotto. Her right elbow rests on a skull, indicating the bringing of death, and she holds an apple branch in that hand –Continue reading “Eve: the first Pandora”

Genesis from a Jungian perspective

I find it interesting to explore the Genesis story of Adam and Even in the Garden of Eden from a Jungian perspective. I know Gnostics will have a different take on this, and indeed prefer alternative versions of the story, but here I present an orthodox Christian interpretation. The two trees in the garden ofContinue reading “Genesis from a Jungian perspective”

Knowledge Is Not Sin

A common accusation made by critics against orthodox Christians is that Christians equate knowledge with sin. For example, in The Gnostic Bible, the editor Marvin Meyer writes of “the fundamental biblical notion that knowledge is sin.” But is this notion as biblical as Gnostics assert? No, if fact such proclamations represent a fundamental misunderstanding of theContinue reading “Knowledge Is Not Sin”

How do you square parasites with your understanding of the fall

Hey, just thought of another interesting question. What about parasites – tapeworms, gut bacteria, leeches? If everything God created was good, what does their existence imply? Does it suggest a gap between our standards of goodness and God’s? How do we explain their parasitic nature? Is this something that they acquired after the fall? IfContinue reading “How do you square parasites with your understanding of the fall”

Is animal death a consequence of original sin?

Maybe you have never asked yourself this question, but then again, maybe you have. In any case it seems I thought some of you might find this question I was asked of interest: “I have a question that I feel exposes my stupidity on something I should know lol; but I have to ask this.Continue reading “Is animal death a consequence of original sin?”

Adam and Eve tempted by the Ring of Sauron

So many people misunderstand the Two Trees in the Genesis story that I thought I would give it some mythological reworking, Lord of the Rings style, to illustrate the nature of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil more clearly for people who know movies well, but bibles not so much. For the fruit of theContinue reading “Adam and Eve tempted by the Ring of Sauron”

What does Genesis 1 say?

What is the message of Genesis 1?    Every human is beautiful Elsewhere you may hear a more elitist message. “He looks like a god.” “She looks like a goddess.” They stand apart. In ancient times, emperors were acclaimed this way. In these times it is models and entertainers. But counter to this, Genesis says,Continue reading “What does Genesis 1 say?”