[Milton-L] Why sin in Milton's creation?

Alberto Cacicedo alc at mac.com
Sat Jan 17 12:19:53 EST 2004

Here's my sense of it:  As the Father says, "Freely they stood who 
stood, and fell who fell."  The passage in which that quotation appears 
(3.80-134) is very rich in presenting the Father's understanding of sin 
in relation to free will.  In it, the fall of Satan and of humans is 
considered a "revolt," literally a turning away from God.  In book 2, 
Sin springs from the head of Satan, apparently as soon as Satan turns 
his regard from God to himself.  So the freedom to revolt, to turn 
away, is the freedom to sin--or not, as freely we/they choose.

Al Cacicedo

On Jan 17, 2004, at 11:47 AM, mdanenichols at joimail.com wrote:

> A student asked, of Paradise Lost, does Milton ever explain
> how sin came to be in God's creation, speaking specifically
> of Lucifer's revolt against God.  Did Milton address this in
> any of his writings?
> Thank you, Dane
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