[Milton-L] Strier, the Son's role and necessity-- last try

Carrol Cox cbcox at ilstu.edu
Wed Aug 9 16:53:30 EDT 2006

Michael Gillum wrote:
> (c) Some are conditional statements: "if they will hear, / Light
> after light well used they shall attain" (195) or "unless for him /
> Some other . . . pay / The rigid satisfaction."

That "rigid satisfaction" (and all the immense theological apparatus
surrounding it, qualifying it, emphasizing it, ete etc) is the sticking
point. And of course in the plot of the epic it is the shoehorn by means
of which The Son is given a role to play, a role wholly grounded in this
absurdity of the need for "rigid satisfaction." And if The Father is not
bound by necessity, then why is he bound by the Necessity of demanding
rigid satisfaction?


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