Mark O'Connell expresses his agnostic admiration for the book of Genesis:
We need to know things, but we lament the loss of innocence that our need — which is our nature — must inevitably bring with it. All of life, and not just childhood, is an ongoing process of disillusionment, of trading innocence for knowledge. Just being alive means losing forms of innocence we often don’t even recognize until they are lost. Which is why the myth of the Fall is one of the saddest, truest, and most beautiful stories ever told.