Terrence Zander’s religion perspective interpretation of his own quote of Genesis is mistaken (Olympian, Nov. 3).
First, he quoted the wrong Bible chapter... it’s Genesis 2:16-17, not 1:16-17. Then he said, “God did not say to eat from that tree,” when the verse he quoted earlier in his article said, “... you must not eat ...” The KJV, NKJV, NASB, ESV, NIV, NLT, and RSV Bible translations, among others, all agree on the prohibition of eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.
Additionally, Wikipedia is not accepted as valid source document by any reputable scholar or schoolteacher because it’s able to be freely edited by anyone who desires to do so, regardless of the editor’s qualifications.
Lastly, Zander is correct that humans are different from God and we have the ability to choose. He can choose to believe truth is myth if he desires, and bear the consequences of that choice, but he should not present inaccuracy as a form of dubious scholarship, even with the qualifier, “the following is from religious training in my younger years.”