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Adam, Eve, and the Serpent
Elaine Pagels
'Ms. Pagels has taken a complex and seemingly arcane subject and made it fascinating and accessible.' Wall Street Journal

1 "For nearly the first four hundred years of our era, Christians regarded freedom as the primary message of Genesis 1-3 – freedom in its many forms, including free will, freedom from demonic powers, freedom from social and sexual obligations, freedom from tyrannical government and from fate; and self-mastery as the source of such freedom."

2 "The soul directly reveals its royal and excellent quality in that it is governed and ruled autonomously by its own will." Gregory of Nyssa, De Hominis Opificio 4,1

3 "The image is not in part of our nature, nor is the divine gift in any single person…but this power extends equally to the whole race; and a sign of this is that the mind is implanted alike in all; for all hear within themselves the divine image." Gregory of Nyssa, 'De Hominis Opificio', 16,17

4 "For Clement of Alexandria, moral freedom is our glory; that we are made in the image of God really means that we have what he calls 'autexousia', a term often trnslated as 'free will', but, more accurately, 'the power to constitute one's own being'."

5 "Human nature…participates in the wholeness and goodness of the original creation."

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite