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Theology Of or relating to the period after the fall of Adam and Eve.

[post- + Latin lāpsus, fall; see lapse + -arian.]


1. occurring after a lapse or failure
2. (Bible) Bible occurring after or due to the fall of humankind as expounded in the Bible
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The shift from woodland to river suggests that the poet-narrator has chosen a new narrative direction, one that entails a shifting of language from the "learned original" (570) where humans are fused with nature and understand its language to a postlapsarian state of language characterized by loss, alienation, and a logic of domination.
Yet there is no rendering of joy, for the postlapsarian gap between nature and humanity, words and meaning, continues to cast a chill over the entire enterprise.
This redemption to counterbalance the postlapsarian wasteland which the characters move through comes in the final pages of the text when New Man/New Woman emerge naked from the white house into which is set the blue door and proclaim:
This is decidedly postlapsarian talk; factor in more frequent mentions of nuclear war and it becomes terrifying, just as we were terrified by the apocalyptic TV drama Threads in 1984.
But Mailer's postlapsarian couple achieve something more in their sweaty coupling.
5) And, as Lisa Cooper has noted, "artisans were increasingly acknowledged in such texts as essential contributors to and shapers of human existence in a postlapsarian world" (8).
At the same time, by extension, Hildas bloodstain plays across metaphysical embodiments and physical immaterialities: it "copies" the original human stain that marks, invisibly, all of postlapsarian humanity.
A brilliant youth, groomed for the task from childhood, is sent by the New Rebels on a 12-year odyssey to uncover archives that will enable him to construct a new alphabet and write the Foundation Document for a postlapsarian world.
13) The way a child begins its life outside the womb typifies the miserable state of postlapsarian man: "From the very moment Adam fell, and was driven out of paradise," he says, "there have never been any days that weren't evil.
You will see too that he evokes the metaphor of the fall and suggests that poetry might help to make our postlapsarian lot tolerable:
To fail to do so is to deny the reality of the Fall and therefore, childishly or sinfully, to deny either what we are as humans or the nature of the postlapsarian nature we now inhabit.
They are a postlapsarian interpretation of MacIntyre's text, in that they seem unable to disavow moral knowledge.