I recently read an article titled "A Call to Defend Eve" written by author Patti M. Zordich, Ph.D. Dr. Zordich is a licensed psychologist, Director and Founder of Triangle Psychological Services in Cary, NC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Ph.D. in Developmental and Educational Psychology with an emphasis in clinical psychology.
The article argues to defend Eve. The defense of Eve is both compelling and applies to all chivalrous gentlemen with respect to all women in this postmodern era of individualism. Some foundational specifics from the article are as follows and I quote:
“Along slithers the slimy serpent, who takes advantage of Eve. He tempts her and she succumbs. Eve chooses to disobey, and Adam is mysteriously silent. God created Eve to be Adam’s helpmate. Shouldn’t Adam reciprocate? What would Eve have done if Adam, ready to protect Eve, shouted,” Eve, my love, don’t to listen him, he’s lying!” Would Eve have made a different choice?. Adam was supposed to protect Eve. Yes, Eve should have resisted the serpent’s temptation no matter what. Yes, she knew God’s instruction and God expected her to follow the law just as much as he expected Adam to follow the law. However, if Adam had used the birthright given him by his Father when he gave him dominion over the animals and the earth, Eve would have been much more likely to follow him. Eve needed Adam to stand up for her and protect her. But he didn’t. Where was he? Rather than stand up for Eve, Adam instead chose silence, then cast blame on Eve.”
Let us begin with a frank assessment of Adam in that he, not Eve, committed the first sin in the garden by abandoning his post.
In the military, especially in times of war, if a soldier abandons their post, the high crime of treason is committed. A more common term used in military circles is desertion. The silence of Adam represents his sin of abandonment, or the desertion of Eve in an extremely important moment of vulnerability. As helpmates, they should have been side by side for mutual support and in the Genesis account the voice of Adam, the support of a mutual helpmate is not there. In most scholarly exegesis, one will find the first sin is of Eve and her disobedience in eating the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. I submit that the fall began with Adam not being there to protect Eve.
While it is still likely a sin of disobedience, the main issue is the very same plight of man even today. We as descendants of Adam are falling short of our call to protect our helpmates, women. There are innumerous reasons for this, and pointing the finger is the easy way out. In this postmodern age of individualism the words ring true of Spock from The TV series Star Trek when he quotes Sherlock Holmes saying; “Once you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”