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Response to Hildegard of Bingen on the Creation of Man and Woman Article 623 When reading the article the first time through the immediate reaction wasthis was written by a woman I had been under the impression that women of the 12th Century were not noted for having established a reputation as a theological and spiritual writer The basis for me picking this passage for reflection was for two reasons the complementary nature of man and woman and the different roles of man and woman when applied to the Son of God Hildegard explains to the reader that man and woman are complementary That one works through the other in fact she even goes as far to say that one cannot exist without the other There are two possible ways that I would like to explorer using her text One since one cannot exist without the other wouldnt God of known that and created Eve at the same time as Adam and not take one of his ribs after Adam named all the animals In addition what if Adam and Eve had not sinned and death never entered the worldas the population rises as it has today but then add in all the people who are dead because none would ever taste deathHow crowed would the earth be this is assuming none would eat of the tree and cause death Second It is an old joke when pastors say God created Adam and Eve not Adam and SteveHildegards text complements this to the t After the fall of man one cannot exist without the other no reproduction is possible with Adam by himself or with Steve Also Humanity could not exist with just Eve or with Eve and a damsel When Hildegard talks of the different roles of man and woman in regards to Christ is something I didnt understand or dont agree with She states that woman was created in the likeness
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