First book excerpt

Jacob Pannell

Before The Separation

Genesis 2:25 – Adam and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame.

I believe this is the true moment of togetherness. We felt no shame towards anything. We were naked before one another, nature and God. Let us then first focus on the word shame. This is the word that denotes the separation. As well, notice that the word naked describes the completeness or fullness of the union. Dietrich Bonhoeffer in his work on Ethics would define shame as disunion. Even more so, a disunion created due to the realization of a lack of something. Adam and Eve had no disunity. They lacked nothing from each other or for each other. They lacked nothing from nature or God. They were their truest and mostopen selves, naked before all the world had to offer.

Can you imagine a point in your life where you felt…

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