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Why is it that some people talk about Jesus leading Adam and Eve to Heaven? Didn't the commit mortal sin and thus ended up in Hell? Then why would people want to name their child Adam after a man who did something stupid?

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Hank,

Even though they did indeed commit a mortal sin, it is not impossible for Adam and Eve to be in Heaven.  Jesus offered them the gift of forgiveness just like he offers us the same gift.

As for the people who named their children after Adam or Eve, you'd have to ask them.  It's a personal preference, probably having to do with Adam being God's first human creation (the first "son of God" as Luke says.)  Or perhaps they gave no religious thought to it at all.  Personally, I wouldn't name any of my sons Adam for the reason you described.

God bless,
Cody

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I will answer questions regarding Catholic teachings and Catholic philosophy, including misconceptions and objections to the faith. I will usually recommend further reading, and I welcome follow-up questions.

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I prefer not to be asked questions about canon law (the law of the church) especially with respect to marriage and annulments, or other personal questions of a spiritual nature. I can give you general answers, but I find that these questions are best asked by a priest or spiritual director. Your local pastor or diocese should be able to help you.

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When engaging in an extended discussion, I will respond to the specific points you make, and I expect you to do the same. If you are argumentative and ignore my points in order to make your own, I may decide to refuse to answer your question altogether.

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I was raised Southern Baptist and converted to Catholicism in 2003. I'm familiar with many the misconceptions of Catholicism. I also hold an MA in philosophy from Boston College. I have been on All Experts since 2001, when I was in high school, before I was Catholic. I will be reviewing my old answers and offering any corrections or further explanation when necessary.

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BA, Philosophy & Religious Studies: Texas A&M University
MA, Philosophy: Boston College

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