[Milton-L] Why sin in Milton's creation?
jrovira at drew.edu
Tue Jan 20 10:08:20 EST 2004
I probably wasn't clear in my question. The passage below does answer
the question, "Why create people free" -- as was said before, an
enforced good is no good at all.
The question I was asking was, "Why create people -at all-?",
especially given the knowledge that they would sin. How was this worth
it to God? I don't think Milton would have allowed the idea that God
was "lonely" or otherwise "needed" human beings -- neither their
presence nor their worship. So...why?
I really like Milton's alignment of "reason" and "choice," by the way.
So far as this goes it seems parallel to the Areopagitica -- "reason is
Alanhorn3 at cs.com wrote:
><< The real question, then, is, "Why did God go on and create free beings
> when He was aware that they were going to sin?"
> The answer you'll have to take up with God. >>
>What's the problem? Milton tells us what God has to say about this:
>Not free, what proof could they have giv'n sincere
>Of true allegiance, constant faith or love,
>Where only what they needs must do, appeared,
>Not what they would? What praise could they receive?
>What pleasure I from such obedience paid,
>When will and reason (reason also is choice)
>Useless and vain, of freedom both despoiled,
>Made passive both, had served necessity,
>Not me. (III, 103-112)
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