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Oct 26, 2010


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"First, to say that they are not literal or historical accounts of how things came to be as they are now is not to say that these stories are not true."

That's true, and it's not that simple, either. I've just started a book:

When They Severed Earth from Sky: How the Human Mind Shapes Myth

It takes a different tack from Joseph Campbell. She says, early on, "What this book is not about is archetypes, the stuff of ... Jung and .. Campbell".

I don't think we can take the Adam & Eve story literally - unless we admit that a lot got left out. F'r'example, the tired old question about OK, where did Cain find his wife? And just who was it he was being protected from with the Mark?

There is quite a bit written about Jesus as the second Adam - not the least of which is 1 Corinthians 15:47:

"The first man is from the earth, made of dust; the second man is from heaven."

There's a long commentary at net.bible.org on

15:49 And just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, let us also bear 27 the image of the man of heaven.

Too long to quote here - the link is


"... what we really need is to become more truly human than we already are."

That would seem to be a preliminary step to the one a lot of preachers are trying to get us to do - be more like Jesus.

Even that's not new:

Imitation of Christ (published 1418)

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