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This understanding was likewise an insight into how the human psyche works.
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According to the biblical writers, in principle the knowledge of good and evil is what can if applied enable humans to avoid sin and further good. Humans needed divine guidance and assistance. It was for this reason that Yahweh bestowed on the Hebrews the Law, a set of ordering principles which, if followed, would result in good prevailing, as well as the greatness of the Israelite nation. Having the knowledge of good and evil would enable humans to understand and follow the Law. This scheme is shown in Diagram 2 below, presenting the knowledge of good and evil as a type of merism, encompassing these opposites at the cosmic and human level.
Having the knowledge of good and evil enables humans to discern and understand both external and internal psychic reality, in particular pairs of opposites, symbolized by the opposites of good and evil but including others in the story such as male and female, and God and humans.
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This transformation is what made humans responsible and accountable for their actions especially before God , truly capable of sin or of good, and ready to act in the real world. That is when Adam and Eve exited the Garden. In psychological terms, they were not driven from the Garden but grew up and walked out on their own. This chaos eventually came to be represented by the Devil. The author of the Eden story honestly brought out this psychic fact, and he did his best to fashion a way to deal with it.
His remedy was the application of our knowledge of good and evil an aspect of ego-consciousness plus the Law. This complicated endeavor would take us far beyond the scope of this article, so I will end with just two points in this regard. First, to the extent the biblical remedy involves conscious application of the knowledge of good and evil, this seems inevitably to involve, at least in part, ego-consciousness repressing and suppressing contents of our unconscious, which modern psychology has shown to cause still more problems.
Further, such approach assumes that the human psyche is incapable of further change, even though it had transformed once before in the Garden. As a result, the prophylactic approach treats symptoms rather than the underlying problems, including evolved traits that once had survival value but which in many cases are now dysfunctional. An alternative approach is to endeavor to transform the human psyche to a higher level, in which case the need for prophylactic measures and suppression and repression of the unconscious would lessen.
Such is the approach, for example, being explored by Allan Combs , the integral psychology movement championed by Ken Wilber ; , and other progressive thinkers and initiatives.
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Combs, Allan Paul: Paragon House. Neumann, Erich The Origins and History of Consciousness. Princeton: Princeton University Press.
Wilber, Ken Wheaton Illinois: Quest Books. Boston: Shambhala. Arthur George, J. He is the author together with his wife Elena of The Mythology of Eden , an analysis of the Eden story primarily from the standpoint of mythological studies, and frequently presents at scholarly conferences on the above topics. Skip to content. Below I distill some of my findings from this approach to the Eden myth, and I hope they break some new ground The Story as Told In the story, Yahweh warns Adam before Eve is created not to eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or he will die that very day.
The Creation of the Cosmos from Chaos In ancient Near Eastern creation myths, there was no such thing as creation from nothing. Chaos as Evil and Sin After the creation, chaos is not eliminated but continues outside the cosmos, always trying to encroach upon and undo the created cosmos. The Psychic Nature of the Transgression Having the knowledge of good and evil enables humans to discern and understand both external and internal psychic reality, in particular pairs of opposites, symbolized by the opposites of good and evil but including others in the story such as male and female, and God and humans.
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Novato, California: New World Library. Franz, Marie-Louise von The tradition of the seven deadly sins played a considerable role in western and now classic examination in English of the topic of the seven deadly sins Benedict of Aniane and the Transformation of Working Culture in Carolingian Monasticism.
There was a duke. Even Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Giovanni Boccaccio's The not only for the condemnation of sin, but also pointing to the road of reaching heaven. In the English language, verse formats prosody evolved from the medieval in his contemporary transformations, a seer or visionary meandering through the.
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