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That is a VERY different look than what I was taught, which is what's being taught is humans are weak, pathetic sinners who can't be trusted and absolutely messed up everything. The moral senitent part is there, but the consciences and animal instincts part is not, and presented as the beginning of shame and guilt, proving we will mess up and sin because we still did it when we had perfection, and as a result do deserve eternal damnation.Now let's look at Genesis 2-3, the Garden of Eden. No such literal place existed. Adam and Eve are wonderful characters in a creation myth. This myth teaches us things, such as that humanity has become morally sentient, but our consciences are sometimes at odds with our animal instincts, and this has made us out of harmony with ourselves, with nature, and with God. It's a superb, superb teaching story. The fact that it is told in this fictitious form makes it much more powerful than prose. There is something about mythic archetypes that slips past our mental filters, making myth one of the most powerful form of literature we know of.
And, of course, it was taught as a literal, historic event.