Appeared in Summer/Autumn/Winter 2004, Vol. XXIX, Nos. 2, 3, 4
The purpose of this essay is to defend a doctrinal thesis which is quite simple, very clear, very classical, but now very unpopular-not to say outrightly scorned and derided. I will argue that the formation by God of the first woman, Eve, from the side of the sleeping, adult Adam had, by the year 1880, been proposed infallibly by the universal and ordinary magisterium of the Catholic Church as literally and historically true; so that this must forever remain a doctrine to beheld definitively (at least) by all the faithful. I would express the thesis in Latin as follows:
De nitive tenendum est mulierem primam vere et historice formatam esse a deo e latere primi viri dormientis.
Some explanation of several terms I have just used will be in order at this point. First, by including the words “sleeping, adult” (vir – in both classical and ecclesiastical Latin – nearly always means an adult human being), my intention is to exclude as unorthodox not only the usual naturalistic evolutionary assumptions about female human origins, but also a certain ‘concordist’ hypothesis which has at times been suggested over the last sixty years as a possible way of reconciling the traditional understanding of the origin of woman with evolution.
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