This is a book that is easy to read because it is so interesting and well written. The story of Adam and Eve precedes the Christian era and perhaps the Hebrew time too, and it grew and flourished as fantasies until the Renaissance. Then with the rise of artistic skills, of painters like Masaccio (1425 AD) and van Eyck (1432 AD), those original humans transformed from people of the imagination into real human beings. The problem with that transformation was that the many inconsistencies that had been accepted as allegorical in the fluid telling of a religious story created difficulties as the story became thought of as historical reality. After that trend had continued for a while, the multitude of impossibilities and inconsistencies make the whole story absurd. Those became real problems for the church and civilization because those inconsistencies became impossible to explain. These problems were compounded by John Milton’s poem Paradise Lost (1667 AD), which also made the whole episode of humanity’s creation seem vividly real and contributed to making the idea of the human race coming from two people seem implausible.
What I enjoyed even more than the main story, which is excellent, were the Appendices to the book: #1. A Sampling of Interpretations by various famous authors within the Western tradition, which are so strange that it is difficult for me to believe these people were sane. — #2. A Sampling of Origin Stories from various cultures, which are so strange it is hard to believe the sanity of the authors within cultures which had no contact with intellectual reality.
This book is a new revelation on how bizarre human beings really are.