[Milton-L] Is Eve seeking temptation?

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Mon Sep 7 15:10:25 EDT 2009

Kierkegaard discussion innocence as ignorance at length in Concept of
Anxiety and addresses these concerns.  The real sticking point with
him is not lack of knowledge itself, because clearly the bottom line
is that Eve does or does not eat the fruit, and she knows that God
told her not to eat the fruit.  Or, rather, it is with lack of
knowledge, but only because that lack provokes anxiety, and anxiety
leads us to grasp something concrete, finite, known -- like a fruit
promising knowledge.

Jim R

On Mon, Sep 7, 2009 at 2:49 PM, Arlene Stiebel<amstiebel at verizon.net> wrote:
> Good point.  But intellectual knowledge (or an abstract awareness of
> something not understood) is proven by events not to be “sufficient” to
> preserve a prelapsarian innocence.  It is one thing to know “about” evil;
> quite another to be confronted with it, recognize it and have the ability to
> deal with it.  Eve’s only hope, I think, would be NOT to trust in reason,
> but simply and absolutely to obey God’s prohibition.  But that undermines
> Milton’s argument for free will.
> --Arlene

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