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

James Rovira jrovira at drew.edu
Tue Jan 20 13:14:41 EST 2004

Thanks to Cynthia and Deborah for the suggestions.

I think the idea of "proliferation" works in general, but I wonder how 
well it works for Milton?   I think any answer that related to some 
unmet need on God's part wouldn't work for Milton, but I'm wondering how 
he would have worked this out, since I'm not sure he was trinitarian.  
The traditional, trinitarian answer is that God doesn't need others to 
love because God is a trinity to begin with -- God is both the subject 
and object of his own love, self giving and self receiving.  Was this 
answer possible for Milton?  If not, how did he work it out?


gilliaca at jmu.edu wrote:

>>>The question  I was asking was, "Why create people -at all-
>>Perhaps a true artist needs to create, as well as to give?  
>See Dorothy Sayers' "The Mind of the Maker."
>My take is God creates from love.  Love seeks a lover [it is 
>too cold to say 'an object'].  The wonder of the creation of 
>humanity is well expressed, to my mind, in the Collect for 2 
>Christmas, as found in the 1979 BCP: "O God, who wonderfully 
>created, and yet more wonderfully respored, the dignity of 
>human nature: Grant that we may share the divine life of him 
>who humbled himself to share our humanity, your Son Jesus 

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