Literature

Golding on the Fall

WHAT IS THE FALL? LAST YEAR I met a man who admitted that, if he were to apostatise, or his theology and ecclesiology were swept away, he would still believe in the fall as its reality stands at the centre of his understanding. What is the fall? If the enlightened West no longer accepts the literary account of Genesis, because it now listens to story and science differently, how do we explain the fall within our contemporary intellectual frame? What does it look like? Did it happen once? Is it still happening? Does it happen to nature or only humans?…

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