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Enticed by Eden: How Western Culture Uses, Confuses, (and Sometimes Abuses) Adam and Eve
Sex, seduction, and the perfect marriage. Though it may not have been the intent of Genesis 1-3, the biblical first couple has been used for generations to sell consumable goods and strange ideologies--both salacious and holy--to willing western masses. And, Linda Schearing and Valarie Ziegler argue, Adam and Eve have become archetypal figures for secular and religious ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published January 18th 2013 by Baylor University Press
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Adam and Eve. The Garden of Eden. The fruit of the Tree of Knowledge. To fundamentalist evangelical Christians, the Genesis story is meant to be taken literally: there actually WAS a Garden of Eden, there actually WERE two original human prototypes, there really WAS a tree with forbidden fruit. For these true believers, the Genesis story represents our history as a race, how we were created, and how we came to live in a fallen world of sin. Indeed, the Book of Genesis---especially the first ...more
Mar 08, 2013 Robert D. Cornwall rated it really liked it
This is a most intriguing book, for it delves into the role that Adan, Eve, and Eden play in contemporary Western Culture. The authors divide the book into two parts, the first focuses on the theme "Recreating Eden," and the second on "Recycling Eden." Part two looks at how the images of Adam, Eve, and Eden are used in humor, literature, film, and the sex industry. Most of the uses (abuses) are not religious in nature, just re-purposing religious imagery. This section is informative, but I think ...more
The only positive note I have on the book is that it is well researched. If you are studying facts and trends, this book may be helpful. Unfortunately, there is no real commentary on the subject, just a lot of information. You can tell the author's position by occasional throw away lines, but the author does not engage the reader, at all, in why her viewpoint is correct or why another viewpoint is incorrect.