Adam and Eve by Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel
Adam and Eve from the 2011 LDS Gospel Principles Manual
Over the last few years I’ve been studying and searching out Heavenly Mother. In doing so, I’ve been very moved to learn about Eve since she clearly is modeled after our Mother. I greatly appreciate the insights of Beverly Campbell in her book entitled Eve and the Choice Made in Eden, yet i have a handful of disagreements with her points on Heavenly Mother. One major point being that I believe it is perfectly acceptable to pray to Heavenly Mother. Most other points being related to the omission of Her in the story of Eden. I find it absurd to think that our Mother wasn’t in the garden as well as our Father. Personally, I believe that Heavenly Mother MUST have been there before and after the fall to teach Eve and help her understand her physical body.
Adam and Eve, by Masolino, fresco in 1425
In my recent travels I have felt very inspired by renaissance art depicting Adam and Eve. I have felt the Spirit stronger in quiet museums than in famous basilicas. I’ve gathered the following images of depictions of Adam and Eve being portrayed as equal in strength and stature, in contrast to the image of them printed in the 2011 Gospel Principles manual. I think this is so important, especially for our young women, to view Eve more accurately. If we view Eve as smaller and more frail than Adam, how does this reflect on how we view our gender as a whole?
(Barbara is an LDS woman who is single in her 30s, and she detests the made up term “midsingle.” She is a hair color and texture specialist in the Chicago area who loves to study history and psychology.)
Adam and Eve by Jan Gosseart
- Adam and Eve by Michelangelo