[Milton-L] Abdiel

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Thu Jun 26 11:53:24 EDT 2008

In the Elizabethan Book of Common prayer, sins of ³thought, word and deed²
are acknowledged in the General Confession that is part of the communion
service, so I don¹t see how it can be claimed that thought-sins are foreign
to the theology of the time. Also sins of omission are acknowledged in the
General Confesssion for the Order of Morning Prayer.


On 6/26/08 11:24 AM, "duran0" <duran0 at purdue.edu> wrote:

> Dear scholars, 
> Milton¹s characterization of Abdiel is important in tems of distinguishing
> some forms of Protestantism from Roman Catholicism. The Roman Catholic prayer,
> the Confietor (Latin: ³I confess:) still used today, is as follows: ³I confess
> to almighty God, and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have sinned
> through my own fault, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have done, and
> in what I have failed to do; and I ask blessed Mary, ever virgin, all the
> angels and saints, and you, my brothers and sisters, to pray for me to the
> Lord our God.²
> In serious contexts, it has a lot to do with sins of commission and omission.
> It¹s used for comic effect in the (bad) movie The Messenger (1999), where a
> young Joan of Arc is portrayed as rushing daily and happily to confession for
> sins of thought and of omission. I believe that, had Abdiel NOT acted upon his
> thought, the thought would have been an (instrumental?) cause of his agency in
> a sin of omission.
> Adios,
> Angelica Duran

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