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Divino Afflante Spiritu and all that

By Diogenes (articles ) | Apr 19, 2004

A friar in dire need of a hard-drive reformat disses the story of Adam and Eve.

I'd like to say a few words about the story of Adam and Eve. I believe the story of Adam and Eve is one of the most theologically and psychologically destructive stories ever written. Many of us were given our first taste of religion with this story. I'm afraid, though, that such a first taste destroyed many of our religious taste buds. ...

The Adam and Eve story implies that God didn't intend for us to be the way we are, that he created us differently. Such a belief damages our souls at a profoundly deep level. We are not as God created us! Our proto-ancestors decided against perfection, choosing to risk disobedience. All the torments we suffer stem from that single act of disobedience. What a tremendous guilt trip we have undertaken! Rather than risk an imperfect Creator, we have fashioned ourselves as perpetually rebellious ingrates. Claiming God couldn't have made us this way, we have envisioned our conception as flawed. Rather than imagine a defective deity, we have swallowed the shame as our own.

Let me guess: Father has grown beyond the shame stage.

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  • Posted by: - Apr. 23, 2004 8:47 PM ET USA

    Wouldn't be the first time I've heard a member of the clergy claim Genesis is a myth. Perhaps the Friar should go on sabbatical.

  • Posted by: Abraham Tolemahcs - Apr. 20, 2004 9:46 AM ET USA

    Let me guess...the "Friar" who wrote the article is now either a professor of theology at a seminary or in some other postion of authority better enabling him to bring Catholicism closer to protestantism. That would make it timely.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 19, 2004 10:31 PM ET USA

    This essay is from 2000! Couldn't you write your daily scathing musing on something more timely?

  • Posted by: - Apr. 19, 2004 8:48 PM ET USA

    Amazing how far afield the interpreters of "Divino Aflante Spiritu" have gone. I once heard Rev. Raymond Brown at a son's graduation say "The first words of Christ in the New Testament were 'Change your minds and believe the Gospel.'" Preaching today is just "blah, blah, blah," according to one of my little grandchildren. He added "And they wont even let you play." GK said, the most obvious thing about us is our fallen nature. Priests should preach about our fallen nature and repentance.

  • Posted by: principle not pragmatism - Apr. 19, 2004 8:36 PM ET USA

    It is my understanding that in more than one "Catholic University", theology proffesors are debunking the story of creation as told in scripture. Guess this one went to one of those "Catholic Institutions".

  • Posted by: AveMaria580 - Apr. 19, 2004 6:34 PM ET USA

    It sounds as though this friar is role-playing the serpent. And, secondly, it makes a person wonder if he has any real experience of life. His wrapped in cotton wool interpretation demeans the pain and evil people do suffer in this life.

  • Posted by: dad2dlj - Apr. 19, 2004 5:52 PM ET USA

    Must be the padre's proximity to Canada. Appropriately, he is at St. Peter's In The Loop -- loopy is an excellent description of his theology. I liked his statement in the full essay that we have never been banished from Eden; clearly, he has not walked around the neighborhood of his parish much. And it must be the defects in the deity that have resulted in an entire Bible that supports the concept of the fall and our subsequent salvation. If no fall, what need for redemption or the Lord?

  • Posted by: miasarx - Apr. 19, 2004 4:51 PM ET USA

    Yes- original sin is where the rubber hits the road. The Good News is so good because the Bad News is REALLY bad.

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