Monday, February 24, 2020

Were you born?

If we are all formed from dust, yet at the same time we are born of a mother through a normal birth process, we can see that being formed from dust, while true of each of us, is not a statement about each of our material origins. One can be born of a woman yet still be formed from dust; all of us are. That means that even though Adam is formed from dust, he could still have been born of a woman. “Formed from dust” is not a statement of material origins for any of us, and there is no reason to think that it is a statement of Adams material origins. For Adam, as for all of us, that we are formed from dust makes a statement about our identity as mortals. Since it pertains to all of us, it is archetypal.—The Lost World of Adam and Eve, pp. 76–77

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