The Seeded Earth
The old warnings still have power to scare me:
Hubris comes to an ugly finish,
Irreverence is a greater oaf than Superstition.
W. H. AUDEN
The story of the Garden of Eden is one of the most powerful stories ever told. All the children of Abraham—Christians, Muslims, and Jews—are taught the creation story in the biblical Book of Genesis. Its influence is unparalleled in the history of human life on earth. The way it's usually told is that in the beginning, there were seven days of creation. On the third day, the seeded earth was created. God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit, according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth.”
After all life on earth was created, Genesis says, the Creator then “planted a garden east of Eden” with every tree “good for food” and “pleasant to the sight.” Two trees are specifically mentioned, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and the tree of life. What happened next is well known. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and were expelled from the garden.
But something else happens at that point in the story, something that is less well known but no less dramatic. In the Genesis