[Milton-L] "Ontological superiority"

Stackhouse, Amy AStackhouse at iona.edu
Thu Jul 20 07:47:49 EDT 2006

Harold Shulsky writes:  "The issue for Milton is whether God's failure to love and forgive Satan
and Co. is evidence of injustice. . . "

I thought Satan handled that question in his soliloquy in Book 4 where he explains it is not a matter of God's failure to forgive, but his own failure to repent.  Being sorry is a precondition to being forgiven.  Satan goes on in that soliloquy to point out that he would suffer more if God were to forgive him when he is not sorry because he would commit a worse relapse and heavier fall.


Amy D. Stackhouse, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Iona College
715 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10801

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