I’m not making a traditional reading of Genesis 3. Relying on a traditional reading is merely to describe what I’m not doing as a refutation. One of the earliest exponents of the “one tree” theory was German theologian Karl Budde (1850–1935), followed by bible scholar Claus Westermann (1909–2000), who fit most people’s definition of “decent” scholars. I don’t know what groups you’re referencing, but the harmful fiction of a “Satanic abuse” wave damaged the lives of many innocent people.

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