[Milton-L] Abdiel

duran0 duran0 at purdue.edu
Thu Jun 26 12:07:37 EDT 2008

Dear scholars,

Well, that is why I said ³some forms² of Protestantism ‹ I might have made
the email longer and included heretical or untutored Catholics, and lower
case protestantism.  Milton, like many individuals, seems to me to express
dissension from the belief in sins of thought advocated in BCP: I also think
of Adam¹s response to Eve¹s dream in PL.  I hope someone else on the list
can reference the schisms in relation to the Confietor.


Angelica Duran
Associate Professor, English and Comparative Literature
Purdue University
500 Oval Drive / Heavilon Hall
West Lafayette, Indiana 47907
<duran0 at purdue.edu>

On 6/26/08 11:53 AM, "Michael Gillum" <mgillum at unca.edu> wrote:

> 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.
> Michael
> 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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