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The Fall Paradox

Brooks, Thom



In the Garden of Eden, the serpent convinces Eve to eat fruit from the Tree of Conscience, which she does and shares with Adam. Adam and Eve act in contravention to God’s orders against eating fruit from the tree. Traditional interpretations have suggested that this event—commonly referred to as “the Fall”—is an event where the serpent lied to Eve and that it was entirely negative. Instead, I argue that the serpent was correct to say, in fact, that in eating this fruit we would become closer to God. The Fall reveals a new mystery to us of God’s love for us and a blessing in disguise.


Brooks, T. (2007). The Fall Paradox. Philosophy and Theology, 19(1-2), 3-5.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2007
Deposit Date Nov 21, 2012
Journal Philosophy and Theology
Print ISSN 0890-2461
Publisher Philosophy Documentation Center
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 19
Issue 1-2
Pages 3-5

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