[Milton-L] tree of life

Matthew Jordan matthewjorda at gmail.com
Sat Apr 5 11:58:01 EDT 2014

Personally, as a pragmatist, I rather appreciate the donee (don't know how
to do accents), as a rebuke / problem for "rationalists." That's to say, in
my view, "we" all have donees (just as insights are mutually constitutive
with blindnesses), and we have to get on nonetheless with reasoning the
best we can...

Blindly not Blithely


On 5 April 2014 16:46, Richard A. Strier <rastrier at uchicago.edu> wrote:

> Good point, Dave.  The problem of a useless biblical donnée.  Has a real
> role in Genesis (God is frightened lest A and E become "like us"); no role
> in PL.
> RS
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> The arbitrariness of the injunction against the forbidden fruit (in
> parallel
> with the perhaps equally arbitrary exaltation of the Son) has never
> bothered
> me as much as the Tree of Life. I appreciate the bringing of knowledge of
> good and evil into the world through the act of disobedience, the same way
> that I sense that the parallel exaltation of the Son brings both the
> potential for disobedience along with a revelation of angelic history (I
> suspect Abdiel probably didn't know he was created by secondary hands prior
> to the exaltation).
> The tree of Life bothers me not only because it seems to have an inherent
> immortality-granting quality, but because (1) there was no injunction
> against eating of it and (2) it would serve no purpose in an prelapsarian
> world where apparently everything was immortal anyway. And yet, we know it
> was there, and the narrator names it such when Satan alights on it as a
> cormorant.
> God seems to have hedged his bets by placing an immortality-granting tree
> in
> an immortal garden, but then he takes it away when it is most needed. Any
> allegorical reference to salvation seems strained at best.
> Dave
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