[Milton-L] Abdiel (thought-sins)

Harold Skulsky hskulsky at email.smith.edu
Mon Jul 7 11:49:51 EDT 2008

On the standard early modern theory, all desires are basically material phenomena (involving the animal spirits and the brain) with material causes. All desires are things that something made one have. The fact that Satan makes Eve desire something inordinately strictly implies that Eve has an inordinate desire; however inordinate and uncharacteristic, it is hers. One is not to blame for one's inordinate desires on the standard theory, only for freely consenting to (or approving) them.

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