Understanding The Fall
This page contains some points on how the 'New View in Theology and Practice' understands what most Christian theology calls 'The Fall'. 'The Fall' is not a term found in the Bible, but is rather a doctrine that has been deduced from the contents of the Bible. Some Christian theologies make the Fall central, making all other doctrines (e.g. why Christ came) revolve around the Fall. The New View sees the Fall as not central, but nevertheless or crucial importance. How it fits into the wider context of New View theology can be seen in 'The Five Rs'. This page provides a summary of New View understanding of the Fall itself.
Note 1. This is the meaning behind the rarely-used Hebrew word 'radah' traditionally translated 'have dominion over'. In Greek (and mediaeval and modern) eyes, if X has dominion over Y, X can use Y as resource for their own sake and pleasure. In Biblical eyes, if X has dominion over Y, X is to use that dominion and special powers for the sake and blessing of Y. Read Ezekiel 34, another place where 'radah' is used, and ask yourself: "Are sheep there for the sake of shepherds, or are shepherds there for the sake of the sheep?" If creation rejoices when it experiences God (trees 'clap their hands') then it is the role of humanity, as God's representative, to manage things so that rest of creation rejoices (not groans) when it experiences us. That is what 'made in the image of God' means, to me. For more about this, see Radah: Our Role.
Note 2. But the account shows humanity knowing and distinguishing Good from Evil before fall.
This page is offered to God as on-going work in developing a 'New View' in theology that is appropriate to the days that are coming upon us. Comments, queries welcome.
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