danielso at interchange.ubc.ca
Fri Jul 28 18:02:12 EDT 2006
The Jeff Wilson / Peter Herman position seems to me a classic case of a
large tendentious reading ("God is either lying or else not
omniscient") requiring the support of smaller tendentious readings
("directly"). In the seventeenth century, "world" was standard
astronomical vocabulary for universe; that's clearly how Milton uses it
in the last instance of the word in Book 2 and the first two of Book 3
(in other words, the last three instances of the word preceding the
line in question). The context, in other words, is cosmic--or one might
be better to say supra-cosmic.
But these guys have their story an' they're stickin' to it.
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