Seeking other Edens

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Abstract

Four years ago I entered paradise. Driving up the steep and twisted road with sheer mountain slopes on either side, we finally rounded a sharp bend, and the valley opened out before us. Yosemite Valley is seven miles long and a mile wide, a fabulously fertile, temperate, and remote garden with a river running through it, encircled by peaks and precipitous rocky slopes. No wonder the Native American tribe the Ahwahnechee once made it their home.

The first encounter between God and humans in Genesis 1 occurred in just such a place of abundant provision. In earthly paradises such as Yosemite, humans glimpse the divine generosity that was part of God’s original plan for creation.

In Genesis God commands on the third day, “Let the earth put forth vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees of every kind on earth that bear fruit with the seed in it.” Then God tells humans on the sixth day, “I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.” Gardens, orchards, and fields have been part of God’s plan for our world since the beginning.
Original languageEnglish
No.125
Specialist publicationChristian History
Publication statusPublished - 28 Feb 2018

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