The Gospel Truth

The New Adam…and Steve

April 11, 2013

The first man…Adam has always enjoyed a high regard and importance in Biblical discussion.

While it may not have happened exactly like Moses wrote it, people can rest assured that every aspect of it is the divinely inspired word of God and absolutely true in its essential meaning.

Man was created in a primordial state of bliss… the first paradise.

adam and eve in the garden of eden photo: Titian Adam and Eve TitianAdamandEve.jpg

Eve but not Steve

But with all the wonders of God and nature before him he was still very much alone.

It was something akin to looking at the natural majesty of the Grand Canyon.

After a  minute or two…one needs to move on…especially since there was no one for Adam to share it with.

So God created Eve from Adam’s rib and the rest as they say is Biblical history.

Then first newlyweds were tempted by pride.

Mankind fell hard and sin entered the world.

Just look around you.  Read a newspaper.  Sin’s existence should not be so hard to believe.

Man was now eternally barred from the joys, blessings and unfathomable pleasures of heaven.

Enter Jesus Christ…the New Adam to suffer and die on the cross and open heaven’s gates.

This is what 100s of millions of Christians have believed for millenia.

John Paul II has written and lectured widely on the Garden of Eden as the origins of marriage as the Western world has basically known and respected it for 2000 years.

He developed a highly abstract rendition of Genesis, the Sermon on the Mount, the Song of Songs, and several of Paul’s epistles to show the state of marriage before and after the fall.

Song of Solomon, illustrations 4:16, pictures: windflowers

One of the world’s greatest love songs

His topics delve into sexual intimacy, nudity, celibacy, contraception and many other ideas that relate to a sex-obsessed country in a mature Christian manner.

Different cultures have allowed for polygamous societies where a man could have more than one wife…sometimes numbering in the 1000s.

Islam in the 7th century limited that number to just four though a man could service several concubines and mistresses.

It was Christianity and Christianity alone that raised the status of women unlike anything the world had seen.

And as most men have learned, though women might not have always had equal legal status outside of the home.

Behind the closed doors of her home she can get anything she wants from her man through her feminine wiles.

The lot of women was even more protected when the Church raised marriage to the level of a holy sacrament.

Marriage with its emphasis on natural law could only be between a man and a woman.

If one believes in God, one has to accept that marriage is only between a man and a woman.

Otherwise why would God have created both men and women with specific reproductive roles and the bodies to carry out his plan?

The late Bishop Fulton Sheen wrote a book that put Christian marriage in its proper perspective.

It was called Three to Get Married.

No, I don’t think he meant the husband wife and mother-in-law.

Sheen emphasized how God was necessary for any human marriage to be successful and fruitful.


God must be present

No where is there ever any mention of a Steve or a Tom, Dick or Harry to replace Eve.

The idea of gay marriage would be a risible oxymoron if it were not so serious and so potentially damaging to the already shattered edifice of Western Civilization.

Marriage is the ultimate and most important building block of a stable society.

Anything that threatens its foundation is anti-cultural and a threat to traditional society.

I am talking about the obvious–adultery, drug and alcohol abuse, pornography, criminal behavior, immaturity and just laziness.

All of these behaviors undermine the pillars of fidelity, honesty and chastity that any marriage needs to thrive.

Gays say they want marriage equality.

How about marriage integrity?

Just what does that mean?

They can marry anyone they want within the proper limits of the definition of a marriage…just like anyone else.

Heterosexual people have limitations as well.  They cannot marry their children, first cousins, another women or man without a civil divorce.

They cannot marry their loving pets.

Men and women are not fungible.  They cannot be replaced or substituted for one another because of their gender differences.

What gives a small group…about 2% of the population the right to change a traditional cultural institution after 1000s of years of history and tradition?

Nobody is saying they cannot get married…but within the confines of marriage’s definition.

While children don’t seem to be the standard for today’s couples, the basic fact is that any same-sex marriage is founded on a lie.

There is no natural complementation.

Marriage is not a nominalist invention that can be lightly changed without affecting and dismantling its essential meaning.

A perfect natural complement

Their natural parts just don’t fit.

And emotionally their only hope is of an artificial unity that is based on the arrested development of one of the parties.

There may be some strong emotional bondage but it will never be a true marriage.

Homosexual couples may enjoy something that is of mutual value to the parties but it is nothing that would be of any value to the longevity of a society, let alone a civilization.

Of course married men and women within the context of the sexual revolution have all but destroyed marital integrity but this would be the coup de gras.

Heterosexual marriage is redundant and gay marriage is a contradiction in terms.

Same sex marriage is just the latest and maybe the most pernicious threat because it radically changes the definition of what a marriage is.

Eager to get married

Rush Limbaugh, who is intellectually correct, far more than he is mistaken says that the battle was lost for conservatives when they allowed modifiers to the concept of marriage.

The sad irony of this whole bitter debate is that millions of heterosexual couples seem to be renouncing marriage as a social good and a moral necessity while homosexuals are eager to walk down the isle…mainly for social approval.

Without marriage as a solid building block the bell will be tolling for Western Civilization, sadly as it toll for you and for me.

This is just another chapter in the culture war.

Look for a future essay on the marriage wars.


About author

After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at