Fall of Man

The disobedience of Adam and Eve and their consequent loss of God's grace and the peace and happiness of the Garden of Eden. When they ate the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, God punished them by driving them out of the garden and into the world, where they would be subject to sickness, pain, and eventual death. God told Eve that she would give birth in sorrow and pain; Adam's curse was that he would have to work hard to earn his livelihood.

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  • The cynic or the fall-of-man theologian replies—Grandeur indeed, say rather squalor and shame.

    Four American Leaders|Charles William Eliot