[Milton-L] Re: great point Jeffery

Horace Jeffery Hodges jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 17 02:48:46 EST 2010

Milton's view, whether he is right or wrong, is that God inerrantly foresees 
what free agents will freely choose to do.

Or so I read Milton, and if I read him correctly, then he would disagree that 
his epic poem renders "human decision" powerless of its "inherant power to 
change the future" (depending on what you mean by that). Milton affirms free 

Where do you find that he contradicts that?

Jeffery Hodges

From: Nairba Sirrah <nairbasirrah at msn.com>
To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu
Sent: Thu, December 16, 2010 11:27:20 PM
Subject: RE: [Milton-L] Re: great point Jeffery

but that's precisely the direction in which I was hoping this discussion would 
not go : )
As fun as it is to switch words around and find a whole new sentence with a 
whole new meaning, like you brilliantly just did...I'm talking about the basic 
essence of what Milton did.
He not only changed the facts that govern Christianity, he completely deleted 
the central virtue: the worth of human decision, our inherant power to change 
the future.
The glory of Christianity is that painful sacrifice is a virtue, and that even a 
divine being would choose to endure that pain to prove it to all eternity. That 
we have a choice in life. But Milton's version takes away the choice.
At the end of the day, as far as the message of Paradise Lost is concerned, 
everything is forseen (and carried out) for no apparent reason, other than God's 
In the end, as hard of a fact as it is to face, Milton's "great poem"...the 
"greatest work in the English language" is a ridiculous farce, and an insult to 
devout Christians everywhere.
Date: Thu, 16 Dec 2010 23:08:40 -0800
From: jefferyhodges at yahoo.com
Subject: Re: [Milton-L] Re: "tasteless" Milton (response)
To: milton-l at lists.richmond.edu

Nairba Sirrah wrote:

Milton basically changed all of God's reasons for doing everything, and made an 
epic mockery out of every divine and human decision.
Essentially saying "if god forsees the future, then there was no chance that Eve 
had a choice...so why forbid her from doing something fate dictated she wwas 
going to do anyway."
Jeffery Hodges responds:

There's a difference between saying "Necessarily, what God foresees, happens" 
and "What God foresees, necessarily happens." I think that Milton works with the 
former in his poem but not the latter.

Jeffery Hodges
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