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Eden, golden age or goad to action?

Author: Carlos Mesters
Publisher: Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [1974]
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Mesters, Carlos.
Eden, golden age or goad to action?
Maryknoll, N.Y. : Orbis Books, [1974]
(OCoLC)656286387
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Carlos Mesters
ISBN: 0883441039 9780883441039
OCLC Number: 1195188
Notes: Translation of Paraíso terrestre.
Description: x, 126 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: 1. Difficulties concerning paradise and Adam's sin --
Questions raised by the text --
Science questions the Bible --
Modern exegesis challenges accepted beliefs --
Difficulties arising today from decisions of church authority --
Three different ways of facing the difficulties --
The cause of the difficulties --
2. Discovering the biblical points of view --
The central idea --
Awareness of evil --
3. The pedagogy of the Bible in denouncing evils --
Forming a critical awareness --
The launching pad of the idea of paradise --
Paradise: The reverse image of reality --
4. Paradise as prophecy --
Man's hope: Supernatural and preternatural gifts --
Reality contradicts God's ideal: who is responsible? --
Adam and Eve: "A man and a woman" --
Sin changes the relationship with God --
The world invaded by evil --
An expedition in search of paradise. 5. Responding to the difficulties and problems --
The man made from clay and the women formed from the rib of the man --
Were the names of the first couple "Adam" and "Eve"? --
Would the world and life be different if there had been no sin? --
To beget many sons in the pains of childbirth --
Was the talking serpent the devil? --
Why didn't God give Adam and Eve another chance --
What kind of sin did Adam and Eve commit? --
The state of happiness and justice lost by Adam --
Where did the author get his information? --
6. Meanings for our lives --
The pontifical biblical commission and the progress of exegesis --
Paradise: myth or reality? --
Paradise today --
Is it valid today to use the paradise narrative? --
A new version of the biblical text with commentary --
7. Speaking of original sin --
Our customary, popular view of original sin --
The thinking of the biblical author on the origin of evil --
What was the basis of the author's hope --
Reply to our question --
Epilogue: A summary, a norm, a secret.
Other Titles: Paraíso terrestre.
Responsibility: Carlos Mesters ; translated by Patrick J. Leonard.

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