Eve and the Serpent: A Rational Choice to Err

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Title Eve and the Serpent: A Rational Choice to Err
Author Dekker, Sidney
Journal Name Journal of Religion and Health
Year Published 2007
Place of publication United States
Publisher Springer
Abstract In dealing with inexplicable disaster, like the untimely death of a child in a hospital, we increasingly turn to the justice system for accountability and retribution. While seemingly sensible, criminalizing human error has a range of negative consequences. But it does offer “good” narratives of failure as the result of human fault—even at the cost of guilt. Such narratives allow us to pinpoint a cause: people made a rational choice to err and should be punished. This allows us to imagine ourselves in control over random, meaningless events. This paper traces Judeo–Christian roots of such regulative ideals in Western moral thinking, by examining the Genesis account of Eve and the Serpent, and St. Augustine's interpretation of it.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10943-007-9118-1
Volume 46
Issue Number 4
Page from 571
Page to 579
ISSN 0022-4197
Date Accessioned 2011-03-08
Language en_AU
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Medical Ethics
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/38870
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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