[Milton-L] death in Eden.

Dr. Carol Barton cbartonphd at earthlink.net
Sun Nov 21 22:14:22 EST 2004

Okay, Peter, I will take the bait.

Eve is the "daughter" (both idea and derivative) of Adam and the mother of
death, as surely as Sin is the daughter (both idea and derivative) of Satan,
and the mother of Death. Sin's sexual intercourse with Satan produces Death;
Eve's verbal intercourse with the Serpent produces mortality. Et in arcadia
ego notwithstanding, Death and mortality properly exist outside of Eden
(which is the reason that Adam and Eve are banished). Eve eating the malus
tastes mortality; Satan eating the malus tastes eternal damnation, the death
of the soul.

Death (the character) is the idea of a mind that has conceived of Sin. (A
sinless mind is not subject to damnation.)

Complicated lot, aren't we?

Best (and Happy Thanksgiving) to all, celebrants or not,

Carol Barton

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