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Was Cain a descendant of the serpent, through Eve?

I don't have enough information to speak about the Southern Baptist Convention, where each congregation is a separate entity, and some could accept what the OP cites as the "serpent seed" doctrine, ...
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Was Cain a descendant of the serpent, through Eve?

On the surface, the teaching that 'the original sin' was Eve having sex with the serpent/Satan and that this resulted in Cain could seem to most Protestants to be bizarre, nonsensical and offensive. ...
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Do any theologians argue that in the Fall, Adam sacrificed himself out of love for Eve?

Augustine's concept of defining all sin in terms of disordered love is certainly applicable: for Augustine, rightly ordered love was virtue (City of God 15. 22) and disordered love was vice... the ...
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How do Christians who reject pre-fall death reconcile their views with the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (66 million years ago)?

Those creationist Christians typically place the "extinction event" in Noah's day, thus long after the fall of the historic Adam. An example is from the well-known Young Earth model defender,...
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Do Young Earth Creationists believe that insects, microorganisms, and animal cells died before the Fall?

This article on the Answers In Genesis website is a good introduction: https://answersingenesis.org/death-before-sin/did-death-of-any-kind-exist-before-the-fall/ One short quote: The Bible never ...
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Adam and Eve Clothed in Light Before the Fall - Origin of this belief?

It seems this interpretative tradition goes back millennia to the ancient Jews. BioLogos has a short article on the development of the tradition that Adam and Eve "wore" garments of light, attributing ...
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Who was the first to reject the historicity of Adam?

Philo The first-century Jewish theologian Philo may not have been the first Jew to reject the literal historicity of the creation stories, as it is my understanding that educated Alexandrian Jews had ...
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Did the forbidden fruit make us wise?

They became "wise" in that they now knew (the difference of) Good and Evil. The tree is explicitly called Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, so we should assume it is right that eating the fruit ...
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According to Ravi Zacharias's apologetic argument, how could love have existed prior to the fall?

You appear to be slightly misunderstanding Zacharias's argument. Here are his four options: No world Amoral world (no such thing as good and evil) Constrained world (no possibility of choosing evil) ...
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How do Christians who reject pre-fall death reconcile their views with the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event (66 million years ago)?

To expand on GratefulDisciple's answer... ...the short version is that a lot of them don't. There are, as I see it, three-and-a-half options. GratefulDisciple already explained the "young-Earth ...
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How could Adam and Eve lose their just standing before God if it was given to them as a Grace and not earned?

Reformed Protestant theology, which includes the doctrines of justification by faith alone and the perseverance of the saints (the inability to lose said justification) regard salvation to be ...
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The fall was part of God's plan?

So the latter day saints are saying that God planned for Adam and Eve to fall from grace and bringing sin into the world? Yes, basically. The Book of Mormon, 2 Nephi chapter 2, explains this. The ...
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Was Cain a descendant of the serpent, through Eve?

At your suggestion lets take a longer look at 2nd Corinthians chapter 11. As with most Scriptures, it is extremely difficult to extract the true meaning from a verse or a couple of verses without ...
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According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?

One prominent Reformed theologian, Louis Berkhof, has written that "[t]he problem of the origin of the evil that is in the world has always been considered as one of the profoundest problems of ...
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Why did so many early church fathers say that sex was a consequence of the Fall?

I think the quotes given answer your own question as to why the fathers taught what they did. They seem to explain themselves rather clearly and their exegesis is pretty straightforward. The curse in ...
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What prominent Christian thinkers (if any) held to polygenism and if so how did these thinkers view original sin?

Yes. In his book, The Problem of Pain, popular Christian author C.S. Lewis discusses Adam's sin in the context of Scientific understanding of his time, which included Darwinism. He presents an ...
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According to Calvinists, how could Adam and Eve fall? How could Satan fall?

In order to know the answer to the question, we need first to know the difference between the pre-fall and fall of Adam. PRE-FALL Adam was created with the ability to choose life or death (Genesis ...
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According to reformed theology, how does the fall glorify God?

Charles Hodge provides a simple argument in his Systematic Theology (1.5.13.B). He begins on the same ground as stated in the question: that the glory of God is the ultimate purpose for everything. ...
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Why does childbirth still hurt?

A common Evangelical answer to your question would be that even though Christ's work on the cross was* to redeem mankind from the effects of the fall, there is a now-and-not-yet-ness in regard to the ...
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Did the forbidden fruit make us wise?

The answer to your question is not an easy answer; Since the original word used here was: שׂכל Pronounced śâkal For myself I do believe that choosing our current state as opposed to ...
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How could Adam and Eve lose their just standing before God if it was given to them as a Grace and not earned?

The underpinnings of this answer depend on the theology of two covenants. Adam and Eve were originally under a covenant of works. This is to say, that God made an agreement with them that, as long as ...
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How does Human Nature relate to Angelic Nature, specifically regarding sin and free-will?

Paul is quite specific as to how sin entered our own sphere of existence : ... by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: [...
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Eating a specific fruit that God didn't permit was an act of disobedience, agreed, but?

Let's untangle this conundrum. First, according to Genesis, Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden on Earth. It says that God in some form walked in the garden and talked with Adam and Eve. People ...
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Why did God banish Adam and Eve for eating fruit?

You've missed exactly what Adam and Eve missed - the tree of Life. There it was in the midst of the garden. And there it was - the Word of Life - 'the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou ...
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According to LDS, if the Fall was a positive thing why would God condemn sin in the flesh?

Before getting to LDS doctrine about Adam and Eve it is essential to know of some other teachings prior to the Adam and Eve Genesis account. One is that man (including Adam and his wife) had a pre-...
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Why does childbirth still hurt?

Your question amounts to: "Why do the punishments of original sin remain after baptism?" The punishments are, as Gen. 3:16-19, says: For women: painful childbirth subjection to man For men:...
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How could Adam and Eve lose their just standing before God if it was given to them as a Grace and not earned?

I believe we can agree that our first parents, who were in a state of original justice, had done nothing to earn that initial state and that it was a gift of God by virtue of his perfect creation. ...
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Is the emotion of sexual passion a result of the fallen state? (Catholic perspective)

The statement given in the O.P. has no foundation in Catholic teaching. There is nothing wrong with sexual passion per se; however, like all passions, it needs to be regulated by reason. As the ...
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How do Mormons view events like the Holocaust considering that they view Adam's fall as a move forward?

Depperm's answer, with the article/answer and Book of Mormon chapter linked therein, is much more complete than mine. However, I wish to address one part of the OP's question: Presumably things like ...
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