God's Law has always required a life for a life. When His children separated themselves from the Word, they turned from righteousness which is by faith, to death which is by learning. And instead of producing the fruit of the Word and Life, Eve produced the fruit of the Tree of knowledge, and death.
This statement is above all, the most disgusting representation of Christian ideology. Knowledge is death, learning is a sin. If you aren't just nodding your head with your eyes closed, you are doing something wrong. How can a culture reject the only thing that propels it forward?