The story of Adam and Eve is not just a simple bible story. It’s the foundation of the Catholic church’s history of misogyny and persecution of women. Because the Catholic belief system forms the underlayment for Western civilization’s beliefs about women, everything would be different for women in at least half the world if this one single story were different.
So why isn’t it? Given that the older myths from which the Adam and Eve myth was constructed do not present woman as the source of sin, why head off in this new direction? Why build a belief system around the concepts that, as Joseph Campbell noted in The Power of Myth, woman is the cause of sin, and woman is responsible for humanity’s fall from paradise?Read More