This question springs from the thread started by CLW001 which s/he titled “Mary vs. Adam and Eve”. CLW’s querry was answered, so I’ve decided to make this a new post.
A Christian all my life, I was received into the Catholic church three years ago. I have always held the belief that all humanity is descended from a single set of parents, Adam and Eve. This set of parents, unlike the rest of all created things, was created in the image and likeness of God. Excercising their free will, they chose to disobey the single “law” of the garden. Thus they fell, and the stain of that fall remains on the souls of each and every one of their decendants.
The story of the Fall begins in Genesis 2, and if you’ve ever wondered about “discrepancies” between this story and the first creation account in Genesis one, follow the following link (provided by Lazerlike in the above mentioned thread) which I found helpful in reconciling the differences between the two:
As a protestant, whenever someone would promote the notion that Adam and Eve were not literal, I would pay them little mind. However, now that I’m Catholic, this matter has crept up on more than one occasion, the most troubling one to me was from the pulpit of my parish priest.
My question then, is not so much whether the story is literal or figural, but rather is where and when did the notion of a figural Eden arise?