There is one huge difference between the Christian's and the skeptic's perspective on Genesis. The skeptic believes the God in Genesis is selfish. They put all sorts of other attributes on him, but basically, they see God's actions in Genesis as selfish. Whereas Christians believe the intent of God is one of love. He is for our good in all things.
Many believe the Garden of Eden is a myth. That it's one of our first attempts at explaining the world, but we have grown beyond that. We no longer need myths and religion. We have science. The story of Genesis is outdated and meant for a simpler, more ignorant time. We are more enlightened now. It should be discarded. It was just a tool to keep the lower classes from questioning authority, and it gives us a picture of a cruel and unjust God. A God we would rather not exist.
This is the introductory post in a blog to book series that seeks to understand God's Love and the sin that changed the world.