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J.R.R. Tolkien: “We all long for Eden”

15 March 2015

J.R.R. Tolkien

“We all long for Eden, and we are constantly glimpsing it: our whole nature at its best and least corrupted, its gentlest and most human, is still soaked with the sense of exile.”

– J.R.R. Tolkien, The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien

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  1. 15 March 2015 12:54 am

    Reblogged this on BRIDGE  REPORT.

  2. Matthew Livermore permalink
    15 March 2015 2:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Philosophy of Religion .

  3. 29 March 2015 9:23 pm

    Interestingly, this is not the Jewish view. Jews, of course, do not read Genesis as describing a Fall of Man, but rather as the beginning of man’s moral agency. The desire to return to Eden, then, would be akin to a desire on the part of an adult to be five years old again.

    I recommend J.H. Hertz’s commentary on Genesis in the Hertz Chumash, if you are interested in a very different perspective on Eden and the story of Adam and Eve. It explains a lot about the differences between Judaism and Christianity.

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