[Milton-L] Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom

gilliaca at jmu.edu gilliaca at jmu.edu
Thu Aug 3 13:19:58 EDT 2006

>8. knowledge of theology, especially Reformation sectarian 
>9. ability to comprehend the centrality of religion to 
seventeenth century
>10. ability to comprehend the urgency of Milton's need for a 
>epistemology, in a world in which all of the 
received "truths" had collapsed
>like the proverbial house of cards--

The concept of theology - that Christianity is not just 'the 
Bible,' that there is a development of doctrine etc. This 
comes up in the Bible as lit class too - they want to read 
back into Hebrew Scripture all the philosophical 'omnis' that 
later theology applies.  The importance of religious in 17th 
c life they tend to read from their own experience - Was JM a 
fundie? They sometimes ask.

>not to mention:
>11. an understanding of the difference between end-stopped 
and enjambed
>verse lines
>12. comprehension of the purpose of complex punctuation
>13. ability to comprehend complex periods
>14. interest in the subject matter
>15. attention span (in the face of the absence of car 
chases, explicit
>steamy sex, filthy language, and gory battles)
>In all fairness, re-reading many of the things I only half-
understood as an

Well yes - and I'd had a supurb public high school and jr. 
high school experience - 4 years Latin, 2 years French, 
Honors  English [NOT aimed at scoring on AP test, but 
genuinely enriched] and teachers - many of them women who in 
our day would have gone on for PhDs or into law or medicine. 
I can't put these kids in a time machine and send them back 
to study Cicero with Mr. Chirstleib, and Virgil with Miss 

Cynthia A. Gilliatt
English Department, JMU
JMU Safe Zones participant
"You have made God in your own image when God hates the same people you hate." Fr. John Weston

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