About the Institute
The Institute of Advanced Theology is designed to create the kind of genuine, critical understanding that will make real pluralism possible. We are not interested in general assertions of the necessity of religious tolerance. Well-meaning and useful though such imperatives are, they do not address the heart of the challenge of religious diversity. What is needed is not mere civility, but mutual understanding.
Laszlo Z. Bito (1934–2021)
Eden Revisited: A Novel
by Laszlo Z. Bito
Eden Revisited is an inventive and provocative novel that re-imagines the story of Adam and Eve and their sons Cain and Abel. We assume we know and understand that well-known myth, but in Laszlo Bito’s brilliant retelling, we encounter startling new meanings. A Bible story turns into a modern morality tale for our time that confronts the way we think about family, free will, evil, guilt, and the idea of God…. This book will move readers to think anew about how we might fashion an ethics of responsibility; a condition of genuine freedom without hate and intolerance. As autocracy and nativism gain popularity, Laszlo Bito’s voice is a welcome inspiration.
—Leon Botstein, Bard College, President