Some Paradigms of the Response to Genesis
The incorporation of Paradise into the history and ethics of sexuality brings with it a double difficulty. Firstly the painful loss of Eden may outweigh the original vision of happiness and destroy its normative value. Second, even a more optimistic spirit like William Heale, who combines Genesis and Eros into a model of primal unity untainted by ‘predomination’ and ‘preheminence’, cannot fulfill his own promise of translating ideal into reality. The text cannot escape the burden of interpretative tradition. To chart this problematic inheritance is the task of the following chapters. This book, then, studies the interplay of various hermeneutic, ideological, and artistic problems inherent in the application of Genesis to sexuality.
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