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Speculation on Darwin and Eden

I have a speculation about Original Sin and Darwinism.

It seems to me that Man, Adam, was given power over creation to name it and be custodian of it. When he sinned, he paid the price, his generations paid the price and all things under his dominion paid the price. The Lion no longer laid down with the lamb and the soil had to be worked.

This sounds like the advent of Darwinism to me. Put aside chronology for a moment, if we assume Eden was of the earth but not in time like after the fall. Darwinism is like the chaos and sadness of sin: ME Centered: How do I struggle to survive. Darwinism is the world we live in, which is a fallen world. Christ came to redeem us. He acted in ways that surprise us who are enmeshed within the Darwinian process: Instead of fight or flight, Christ preached turn the other cheek and showed humility when he was spat upon. Instead of conquering for survival; Christ freely laid down His life. What could be more in opposition to Darwinism?

Christ who was like us in all things except sin, repudiated by His life I believe the idea inherent in darwinism, which is me first. God is Spirit and Love and Truth while Darwinian evolution is struggle and chaos and disease and death and the strong survive.

I don’t know where the garden of eden was within reality, but the affront to God affected us and maybe the past as well, as Christ redeemed those who had sinned in the past, e.g. Mary and opening the gates of Heaven as mediator for all men for all time as well as the future by reconciling us to God, so it is mete that the fall affected all reality under Adam’s dominion, past and future until Christ reigns in glory in a new world.

It’s just a speculation, but for my mind it seems to fit.

Because Adam and Eve were not originally of a fallen nature and had an unfettered free will and still sinned against an infinitely good God. This was the original sin against an infinite being far beyond time and space and one can infer that in giving man dominion over creation when man fell, creation fell–all of it–and still all of creation, which fell for all space and all time, past present and future, can not make up for a sin against the eternal Creator, who is infinitely good. Only Jesus could suffice.

This is the spiritual dynamic that undergirds the me first nature of this fallen world that seems imprinted on reality. Why we recoil when we see for example the bear eat its own young and all the harshness of natural selection and in our heart we think: It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

According to the CCC, Adam’s sin is not simply a story. A later literary style than Exodus is no theological objection; the Holy Spirit Who guides the authors may teach in many styles and reveal certain truths at certain times. It’s always been this way in salvation history; it is not inconsistent that it was written at a later date, for the same infinite Holy Spirit guides the Church also and chooses how and when to reveal wisdom and truth.  Jesus came to Earth in the fullness of time.  I believe this is called providence. 

From the CCC:
390 The account of the fall in Genesis 3 uses figurative language, but affirms a primeval event, a deed that took place at the beginning of the history of man. Revelation gives us the certainty of faith that the whole of human history is marked by the original fault freely committed by our first parents.

This is not hebraic theology. Man (The whole of creation?) falls from that first sin and that one sinner and mankind (the whole of creation?) being redeemed by the One Redeemer Who by necessity was God Himself to reconcile the sin against God.

Romans 5

19 For as by the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners; so also by the obedience of one, many shall be made just.


Player DIary 5

The current roster of characters for Session 4, 2/24/2007 was:
Liam, Chris
Nurn, John K.
Kerik, John P.

GM analysis
The players were conservative this session.  No combat occured and no body taken despite my best efforts.  I will redouble them for next session.  I am only sharing here what was made public to all PCs and not individual PCs investigations.
The travellers enjoyed a show at the circus and on the way back watched the mayor of Prism beat a gangland youth almost to death while he giggled.  He stopped when (Liam overheard) an old shaman whisper to him that he would inform Atrios (Atrios Argo of district Divyun, who was confused by Nurn temporarily with Atreus Palladius one of the Six in district Six reputed to serve unicorns) of this incident. Nurn who did not have his sword and his companions watched the beating uncertain whether to involve themselves.   The gang member was identified by Dendri as a KKC (Kurakaracioke Gang who prospered in the freelegion and fiero districts)  Nurn healed the man; skellions, fairground freaks, also applied paramedics skill to the man. 
Ellia Kartoth told the visitors they were welcome to visit the fairgrounds but not welcome to stay.  They had drawn too many of the forces of destiny down around themselves.  She also informed them that Kohl was a destiny walker and that his transition left him in no state to fend for himself.  Nurn spoke with Dendri at length.  Kerik resolved to find his tribesman Kreth, who seemed drugged out.  Elia said Kerik would set his people free.  Nurn discovered that registration muted the effects of the blood tax.
Nurn agreed to accompany Kerik and Liam who wanted to see what was happening.  Nurn went ahead and registered Kohl and himself to the Fiero. district.  They learned that Fiero were one time rulers of New Candide prior to Tobin and an old noble house that changed over the last 3 years for the worse..  Kerik and Liam were separated and placed in a room with a piece of kaonyx ore.  A black rock that looked like obsiduian yet also was porous with some red viscous material undulating in the porous ore.  Kerik expressed his interest in the rock as it seemed like he could use his Koral magic to influence the "blood of the ore".  Liam, although mistaken for a Koral Nym of the Deeps is actually a Koral Eyrie Nym and so had no desire to study the kaonyx ore.  The nym were escorted to the barracks.
After the registration, the pcs gathered together.  They set off for Fiero.  Nurn was attacked by a "wave" (waif?) but his wizardry defenses shrugged off the attack.   They then met alia-mer of the darkenkell nym.  Alia and Kohl both shouted at the "golden man" in the middle of a busy street.  There was no goldenman and nothing there.  The PCs separated Kohl from the mer and parted company fvrom this mer who claimed to be the meisterspell.  Nurn’s magesight saw that she did attempt to weave some destiny magic, but it seemed to require some acquiesence from Nurn, Kohl, Kerik, and Liam which they would not give.  Downcast, Alia-mer went into a tavern.
The travellers secured a room at a decent establishment (we will have to decide on monies).  Kerik talked to Kreth and Kreth extolled the virtues of Kaonyx and golem-mastery and suggested this new magic was freed from the constraints of the Koral sidhe (heresy).  Kerik accepted Kreth’s offer to meet Kreth’s new mentor, Sturmer-ston, reputed to be insane.  Sturmer is said to be the leader of the Koral Nym (Kerik and Liam met some of the Koral nym after being registered who seemed happy to work in New Candide on the kaonyx ore.  These workers respected Sturmer-ston’s knowlege but readily admitted he was cracked in the head.  Kreth says he has plans to take golem mastery to new heights even beyond the sentry golems of Sturmer.
Kreth offered Kerik the chance to meet with Sturmer-ston tomorrow to convince Kerik-ston to join them and learn this incredible new magic.  Kerik accepted Kreth’s invitation and intends now to go to the Six District to the Six compound to meet with Kreth-nor and Sturmer-ston.  Nurn and Liam have resolved to come with him.

Player Diary 4

The current roster of characters for Session 4, 2/9/2007 was:
Leeeeeam, Chris
Nurn, John K.
Kohl, Joe
KORIK, John P.

GM analysis
Session 4 was a really enjoyable running experience.  This ended up being a pivotal session but not in the way I thought–in a much better way due to the player choices moving forward.  In fact I got a better feeling for the player characters this session than in previous sessions; hence, the separate emails.  It felt like the Bird Prologue  was wrapped up with a fresh turn of pages into Chapter one; to use a metaphor that risks labeling me a storyboarder demonstrates how confidant I am that you are forging your own path here.  I thought both combats were very enjoyable and from my perspective flowed logically and cleanly into the pace of the game.  I especially liked the GM and player interaction to get through the combats.  I reversed myself several times as a result from player input and on occasion kept to what I knew was how the world worked mystically in opposition to rules.  I was quite on the edge of my seat in that combat with mother of eyes.  Thought I’d be stapling Kohl for sure.  That was perhaps my one major dissapointment.  I am looking forward to a fresh start next session.  No one is too wounded and you seem to have a place to sleep.  Savor these small victories.  New Candide will seek to deny both those realities in the days to come…
With Bird gone and Rihan with it, there seemed little point in not moving forward.   Nurn discoverd that your auras now had some Necromantic tag.  Nurn, Kohl, and Kerik traveled the hounted path with the blood of Anton Montrek, Third Order of The Dark Deep.  Someone who apparently served Ein and also worked in the Funerary.  His cart had 2 sets of symbols.  One was for Ein and one was some other binding sigils on his cart.  He invited you to stay in the precinct of Ein and babbled on about the wonderful time to be had in Arachnae’s Web in the Precinct in a rather leering way.  You were noncommital but non offensive to him.  You heard rustling sounds in the Haunted wood as you travelled the …ahem… white magic path with his blood.  Anton’s treatment of Kerik, while not in your face rude was still a jarring racist snub it seemed to eyes raised in Sanctuary.  Anton’s face blanched when he considered if he could be the Ein when asked by Kohl.
Once at Prism village you parted ways and found an Inn run by a Northrenrir, Hrolf Ingotson.  The Inn was marked with a Fiero sigil.  He had a message he delivered to Nurn.  You decided not to stay at the Inn; Nurn later revealed his desire not to endanger or draw attention to an Inn that may serve as a contact point for the strange yet powerful one time ally the Vikhayyat Irene.  You met Liam-ston here who is searching for the Cyclonicus Horn that binds the Zephyr.  He recently escaped the area of Jezric and said he saw by lightning flashes a massive undead(?) army being formed in what could only be describesd as the fleshpits of Jezric.  You saw a barnaid beaten by a bartender for breaking glasses which was not considered abnormal.  A Fiero Gaurd who was a Saurian Nym seemed to freak out at both Lorik and Liam-ston.  He left when Nurn returned to the table.  The fiero gaurds who were with the apeshiot Saurian fellow left with an intent that seemed like they were going to rough up their own buddy.  The bar cleared out.  Among them someone you later identified as the Sherif of Prism village who left saying, "I’ve had enough of this"
You later found them sawing the head off the saurian and putting it on a spike!
You left for Carnival grounds where Nurn hoped to meet a friend.  A 3 on 4 combat ensued with some weirdling faerie children, who offered Kohl to partake with the  some vengance on Prism.  When Kohl said No, the battle ensued.  With some difficulty you prevailed.  You found a refuge in the fairgrounds, found Dendri who seemed to be doing well, found Khelid who seems to have regressed to a pitiable state and met the Gypsy Queen, ELia Kartoth, as well as the Gypsy mother, and the Duke of the Carnival.  Your mystic senses determined that this place was indeed almost like an oasisi from Necromantic poisoniing that seemed everywhere.
Suddenly you were whisked off to a weirdling place in faerie(?) where some Daione Sidhe lay in a bed dying.  A woman in black was in the room.  Kohl let loose oon the woman who proved to be the mother of eyes herself.  You prevailed and seemed to return to the carnival unharmed to the moment you left.  Nurn intends to speak more this evening to the Carnival goers to asses the situation better and how to move forward.
Korik-ston has gotten a presentiment through the lodestoine he shares with Kreth-nor that Kreth is ill and not just from drink.  Will he rush into the heart of New Candide to save him?  The GM would like to know. I’ll have the stapler ready.