For John Re: A Mormon take on things...

Robert Owen (
Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:03:02 -0500

john grigg wrote:

> Robert Owen wrote:
> >Adam cried, "Because of my transgression my eyes are opened,
> >and in this life I shall have joy" (Pearl of Great Price, Moses5:10->11).
> One thing I appreciate about the Mormon view on the fall of Adam is that the
> fall was a good thing that was planned to be to make Adam and Eve mortal and
> able to reproduce. Mainstream Christianity states that the fall was a
> tragic mistake and without it Adam and Eve would have brought forth a
> perfected race of humanity without sin.

Hello John,

I only included one quotation from my collection; here are the others which exemplify your comments on "The Fall":

Adam fell that men might be; and men are, that they might have joy (11 Nephi 2:25).

Adam deliberately and wisely chose (to touch the forbidden tree) and partook of the fruit (Talmage, DC, p. 65).

We ought to consider the fall of our first parents as one of the great steps to external exaltation and happiness (Mormon Catechism).

We believe that men will be punished for their own sins, and not for Adam's transgression (AF, 2).

This is all summed-up in the expression of Bishop Tertullian:

                            "Oh felix culpa!"


Robert M. Owen
The Orion Institute
57 W. Morgan Street
Brevard, NC 28712-3659 USA