Knowledge of Good and Evil

Wednesday of week 5 in Ordinary Time, based on Genesis 2:4b-9, 15-17

  These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up—for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no one to till the ground; but a stream would rise from the earth, and water the whole face of the ground— then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. Out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

  The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.”

Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Don Goergen, O.P.

About Don Goergen, O.P.

Don Goergen is a Dominican friar of the Chicago, USA Province. He is a preacher, lecturer, teacher and author. Don has written and taught primarily in the areas of christology and spirituality in the United States as well as in Africa and Asia. He has been a member of a Dominican Ashram community from its beginning in 1999 and continues to teach and preach. His most recent writing is Fire of Love: Encountering the Holy Spirit. One can check his work further at .

3 thoughts on “Knowledge of Good and Evil

  1. When my son grew up I sent him to driving school. He enjoyed it and did well. Then he begged me for the key of my car and I hesitated. My car was an old second hand, so I did not worry too much, but what if my son gets hurt in an accident? So I gave him the key, he really had accidents but never got hurt. Now he became an excellent driver.
    But I see more in Genesis 2. The evolution was God’s intention, and it was beautiful. But evolution never goes backwards, extinctions are forever as scientists say. During the evolution humans lost their animal “nefesh chai”, and can only survive by “God’s breath”. If mankind adopts animal behavior, becomes predator on one another and predator of the Earth resources, we will become extinct.

  2. Very nice to hear a preacher employing a contemporary approach to Genesis 2. Thank you for your courage.

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