Thanks to Jim for probing. In a previous post I wrote, “The idea that knowledge of good and evil is what God wanted to keep us from misses the point of the Garden, God’s prohibitions, and the Fall.”
To clarify, the point of the Garden was obeying God, not the knowing good and evil. It’s not at all consistent to say that God did not want humans to know good and evil, but there are at least two ways to learn: by doing good (obedience and intimate worship), and by doing evil (e.g. disobedience and consequent estrangement). While it’s my speculation, it’s more consistent with God’s character that we would learn good and evil through doing good, not evil. C. S. Lewis has a great passage on this topic, but I couldn’t find it. Anyone have the reference?
So, why are we more fascinated with evil than with good? I think it speaks to both our nature and the influences in our lives that promote that fascination.
What do you think accounts for our fascinations and preoccupations?