The western prohibition of reflection on what we call today "religion" begins not with a banned scholarly monograph or a taunted academic, but with a myth about a transgressive desire for mature moral knowledge and a subsequent sexual emotion, namely, Adam and Even's shameful sense of being naked after accepting the serpent's gift of the knowledge of good and evil. Elsewhere, I have explored some of the ways that western religions thought has sexualized this foundational myth in order to take up this gnosis as my own and explore the problems and promises of sexual desire, gender difference, sexual orientation, love, mortality, and -- above all -- the inescapably transgressive nature of radical thinking about religion in the contemporary academy.
Kripal, Jeffrey J.
"Listening to the Snake; or, On Having a Spine,"
Journal of Hindu-Christian Studies:
Vol. 19, Article 7.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.7825/2164-6279.1362