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Durham University

Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Professor Thom Brooks

Brooks, Thom (2007). The Fall Paradox. Philosophy & Theology 19(1-2): 3-5.

Author(s) from Durham


In the Garden of Eden, the serpent convinces Eve to eat fruit from the Tree of Conscience, which she does and shares with Adam. Adam and Eve act in contravention to God’s orders against eating fruit from the tree. Traditional interpretations have suggested that this event—commonly referred to as “the Fall”—is an event where the serpent lied to Eve and that it was entirely negative. Instead, I argue that the serpent was correct to say, in fact, that in eating this fruit we would become closer to God. The Fall reveals a new mystery to us of God’s love for us and a blessing in disguise.