"Because we are mortal, and because all religion responds to mortality, our intimations of the sacred arise from our experience of the tension between the mortal existence of humankind and the eternal life of God." –David P. Goldman, in "Sacred Music, Sacred Time," First Things Even Adam and Eve weren't created immortal. Mortality is constitutive of our humanity, and yet we long to live on. Is this response a wrongful fear of death? Or a rightful recognition of the gift of life?