10 trials that changed the world: Guilt and Ignorance
Guilt and Ignorance
God punishes Adam and Eve, and the Serpent
Garden of Eden
After the 7th Day
Two of the earliest legal proceedings in the Western canon—God’s biblical condemnation of Adam and Eve to a mortal life of suffering, and the trial of Socrates—raise questions of how ignorance should be punished that are still ripe for philosophical contemplation. In this article, however, a renowned legal scholar suggests that God’s condemnation of the Serpent in the story of Adam and Eve offers illuminating insight into the relationship between ignorance and guilt. —Read the article by George Anastapolo.
Image: “De Zondeval” by Cornelis Van Haarlem. Courtesy Dornai.