The story of Creation is a culturally powerful piece of Christian culture, and it sets up a profound worldview for Christians worldwide. It completely flies in the face of what we know about morality. In order to behave morally, one must first be able to distinguish the difference between right and wrong and must willfully intend to commit an action. The same is true for behaving immorally; one must know the difference between right and wrong and they must willfully intend to commit an action in order to be morally culpable. For that reason alone, the story of the Garden of Eden should be challenged in Christianity. And theologians aren’t the only ones critically analyzing the Judeo-Christian story of creation. So when scientists start to peel back the layers of the story and reveal that one of the most cherished creation stories might not be in the strictest sense probable, it seems to upset a great many people. But so what? I know that the novel Ulysses is fictional, but that doesn’t mean that the story weaved by James Joyce is any less captivating. (And I do not want to draw out a discussion between the major works of Joyce and the major works of Christianity not because I don’t think this is a fertile topic for discussion, but because I think James Joyce has quite a bit to say about his own religion in those major works, and I’ll let his work speak for itself…)
The anger and resentment expressed by some Christians over this ‘revelation’ from science is uncalled for; just because science doesn’t support Biblical history doesn’t mean that one can’t love the drama and intrigue that comes with one of the world’s first soap operas. Since when has religion been so sensitive to scientific discovery? Many if not all stories in the Bible can be explained by modern science, but what makes religion so powerful (and arguably dangerous) is that it’s not concerned with how the universe works so much as how we should act within a universe created by God. What separates religion from moral philosophy is that religion deals with the supernatural, and if one’s religion were truly based on a supernatural foundation, no amount of scientific hole-poking should be able to knock it down. So when one’s belief system is based solely on faith in the absence of evidence, it’s no wonder that if one questions the evidence, naturally, some find the whole system in want of something more.