Monthly Archives: September 2011

Eve & the serpent > Adam and God

Genesis 3

In this chapter we see Eve (who isn’t named such until the end of this chapter) “tricked” by a serpent into eating the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, one of two trees God has forbidden them from eating (the other being the tree of life). She takes the fruit and gives some to Adam, and upon eating it, they both realize that they are naked. The consequences of this action are strange. The serpent, whom the footnotes explain used to be able to move upright and talk with humans, now must crawl on its belly, and is now detested by humans. Also, It will strike at the heel of man while man strikes at its head. Eve must now endure pain in childbirth, and will be ruled over by her husband. For Adam, he must now be a farmer, and the ground will be difficult to raise crops in; he also becomes mortal. Then, man and woman are expelled from eden, never to return.

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In the beginning…

…I started, well, at the beginning. I am reading the Catholic New American Bible Revised Edition 2011 available from the iBooks bookstore. I made this choice for a couple of reasons. First, it was recommended to me after discussing it with a close friend. Second, the translation is easily readable, and has footnotes that aid in understanding some of the material. In general, I am going to assume that the footnotes are correct, unless something just doesn’t seem right to me. Also, its on the iPad, so I dont have to lug around a big book, I carry enough of those around as it is.

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Ambitious Aims

After thinking for some time, i have finally settled on an ambitious main goal for this blog. I am going to read through various religious texts in a way that any reader can follow along with me, offering commentary. I have not fully read any of the books, unless otherwise stated. To start, i wish to work my way through the Abrahamic texts, starting with the Old Testament, then to the New, and finally at the Qu’ran. It is going to take time to read through it all, and i havent set up a timeline yet, but i hope to get through at least a few chapters a week.

Why am I doing this? Despite being raised by christian parents (Catholic and some sort of Protestant) I have never fully read through the Christian bible or the Qu’ran. I have to be upfront that I am not a believer in the religious texts I am setting out to read. I am an atheist. I have received challenges in the past that if I would only read the {insert religious text here} then that would change, but I am skeptical of such an outcome. These texts are central to the lives of many people around the world. The books of the Bible and the Qu’ran are being used heavily in discourse, and more frighteningly in discussions of political matters here in the U.S. It is near impossible to fully grasp what is being said without the literary background of these works. Really though, more than anything, im just plain intereted.

– SkeptiCole