[Milton-L] Re: Eve seeking temptation

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 9 15:24:51 EDT 2009

No, I don't think that Milton was a Gnostic, a point that I thought that I'd implicitly responded to earlier:
But perhaps that wasn't so clear in my post. Anyway, I simply wanted to know if Milton provides an answer to Satan's question.
Jeffery Hodges

--- On Wed, 9/9/09, James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com> wrote:

From: James Rovira <jamesrovira at gmail.com>
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Re: Eve seeking temptation
To: "John Milton Discussion List" <milton-l at lists.richmond.edu>
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2009, 2:16 PM

Yes.  That's Milton, of course.  Not necessarily any of his characters.  Raphael might argue with Satan for Adam and Eve's sake, but from an angelic perspective the issue is either already decided, or one is a fallen angel, and the fact of Satan's fallenness at the opening of the poem signals his lack of divinity.  Does an omnipotent God lose a battle?  

Do you really think Milton was a gnostic?

Jim R

On Wed, Sep 9, 2009 at 3:11 PM, Horace Jeffery Hodges <jefferyhodges at yahoo.com> wrote:

Jim, if I understand your response, then you're suggesting that Milton simply assumed that the Christian God was obviously the true God and that Milton therefore felt no need to respond to Satan's suggestion that the God who forbade the tree of knowledge (i.e., the Christian God) was not the true God.
Have I understood you correctly?
Jeffery Hodges
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