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Eve and the serpent: A rational choice to err

Dekker, Sidney LU (2007) In Journal of Religion and Health 46(4). p.571-579
Abstract
In dealing with inexplicable disaster, like the untimely death of a child in a hospital, we increasingly turn to the justice system for accountability and retribution. While seemingly sensible, criminalizing human error has a range of negative consequences. But it does offer "good" narratives of failure as the result of human fault-even at the cost of guilt. Such narratives allow us to pinpoint a cause: people made a rational choice to err and should be punished. This allows us to imagine ourselves in control over random, meaningless events. This paper traces Judeo-Christian roots of such regulative ideals in Western moral thinking, by examining the Genesis account of Eve and the Serpent, and St. Augustine's interpretation of it.
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human error, eve, sin, serpent
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Journal of Religion and Health
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46
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4
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571 - 579
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Springer
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  • wos:000250999800009
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0022-4197
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10.1007/s10943-007-9118-1
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English
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  abstract     = {In dealing with inexplicable disaster, like the untimely death of a child in a hospital, we increasingly turn to the justice system for accountability and retribution. While seemingly sensible, criminalizing human error has a range of negative consequences. But it does offer "good" narratives of failure as the result of human fault-even at the cost of guilt. Such narratives allow us to pinpoint a cause: people made a rational choice to err and should be punished. This allows us to imagine ourselves in control over random, meaningless events. This paper traces Judeo-Christian roots of such regulative ideals in Western moral thinking, by examining the Genesis account of Eve and the Serpent, and St. Augustine's interpretation of it.},
  author       = {Dekker, Sidney},
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  keyword      = {human error,eve,sin,serpent},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {571--579},
  publisher    = {Springer},
  series       = {Journal of Religion and Health},
  title        = {Eve and the serpent: A rational choice to err},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10943-007-9118-1},
  volume       = {46},
  year         = {2007},
}