Tree of Knowledge

Jehovah, who of all the good gods adored by men was certainly the most jealous, the most vain, the most ferocious, the most unjust, the most bloodthirsty, the most despotic, and the most hostile to human dignity and liberty – Jehovah had just created Adam and Eve….He generously placed at their disposal the whole earth, with all its fruits and animals, and set but a single limit to complete enjoyment. He expressly forbade them from touching the fruit of the tree of knowledge. He wished, therefore, that man, destitute of all understanding of himself, should remain an eternal beast, ever on all-fours before the eternal God, his creator and his master. But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first freethinker and the emancipator of worlds. He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge.

— Mikhail Bakunin, God and the State

So, when Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden, if you go for all these fairy tales, that ‘evil’ woman convinced the man to eat the apple, but the apple came from the Tree of Knowledge. And the punishment that was then handed down, the woman gets to bleed and the guy’s got to go to work, is the result of a man desiring, because his woman suggested that it would be a good idea, that he get all the knowledge that was supposedly the property and domain of God. So, that right away sets up Christianity as an anti-intellectual religion. You never want to be that smart. If you’re a woman, it’s going to be running down your leg, and if you’re a guy, you’re going to be in the salt mines for the rest of your life. So, just be a dumb fuck and you’ll all go to heaven. That’s the subtext of Christianity.

— Frank Zappa

After man tasted of the tree of knowledge, God was seized with fear. Man had turned out to be God’s greatest mistake; God had created a rival for himself; science makes godlike – it is all over with priests and gods when man becomes scientific. Moral: science is the forbidden as such – it alone is forbidden. Science is the first sin, the seed of all sin, the original sin. This alone is morality. Thou shalt not know – the rest follows…. God’s fear did not prevent him from being clever. How does one resist science? This became his main problem for a long time. Answer: out of paradise with man! Happiness, idleness, give rise to ideas – all idea are bad ideas. Man shall not think. And God invents distress, death, the mortal danger of pregnancy, every kind of misery, old age, trouble, and sickness – all means in the fight against science. Distress does not permit man to think.

— Friedrich Nietzche, The Antichrist

They were allowed to stay there on one condition, and that is that they didn’t eat of the tree of knowledge. That has been the condition of the Christian church from then until now. They haven’t eaten as yet, as a rule they do not.

— Clarence Darrow

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