[Milton-L] De Doctrina Christiana

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 14 17:15:55 EST 2009

When I wrote that the "If" in "If I foreknew" was interesting, I meant that Milton might have God alluding to the fact that His knowledge isn't really foreknowledge for Himself. After all, why the word "If"? Milton could have constructed the remark in a different way.
Jeffery Hodges

--- On Wed, 1/14/09, jonnyangel <junkopardner at comcast.net> wrote:

From: jonnyangel <junkopardner at comcast.net>
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] De Doctrina Christiana
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Date: Wednesday, January 14, 2009, 3:38 PM

On 1/14/09 3:06 AM, "Horace Jeffery Hodges"
<jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> wrote:

> Divine condescension, I meant. My reading focuses upon God's words,
"If I
> foreknew...." Interesting use of "If," however.
> Jeffery Hodges

I find this interesting only in the sense that this seems more a part of the
"argument" (Milton covering all the bases, so to speak, through the
character of God) than pure "characterization".

The way I read it is "even if I did know that you would fail, that
would have no relevance with regard to your failures and decisions"
("Sufficient to have stood though free to fall etc.)

Sorry for the quick post, but I'm in a hurry.


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