[Milton-L] crucifixion

Horace Jeffery Hodges horacejeffery at gmail.com
Sun Apr 6 15:04:53 EDT 2014

*Jim Rovira* wrote:

"That seems to me to be the Milton's explanation for the existence of the
cross: God offers grace, but mankind is unable to receive it, so Christ's
sacrifice of himself, as a man, makes all of mankind able to receive God's

*Richard Strier* replied:

"And, within the poem, the creatures that A and E are shown to be after the
Fall look as if they are capable of asking for and receiving grace."

*Jeffery Hodges* comments:

Professor Strier makes a good point, and here's Milton's view in PL 11.1-8:

Thus they in lowliest plight repentant stood
Praying, for from the Mercie-seat above
Prevenient Grace descending had remov'd
The stonie from thir hearts, & made new flesh
Regenerate grow instead, that sighs now breath'd [ 5 ]
Unutterable, which the Spirit of prayer
Inspir'd, and wing'd for Heav'n with speedier flight
Then loudest Oratorie:


Prevenient Grace seems sufficient to restore Adam and Eve sufficiently for
them to seek forgiveness, and this is long before the crucifixion.

Perhaps Milton is simply inconsistent?

Jeffery Hodges
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