[Milton-L] A & E & Satan

Richard A. Strier rastrier at uchicago.edu
Mon Apr 7 14:08:19 EDT 2014

But aren't they in a much different mental and moral state than Satan's throughout Book X?


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Right -- the "regeneration" of Bk 11 isn't Christian regeneration by the Holy Spirit. It's a return for Adam and Eve to a prior, human state that is not in a position of inherent enmity with God. Without that regeneration, they would be more like Satan in their consciousness -- where I go is Hell, I myself am Hell, etc.

Jim R

On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 1:03 PM, alan horn <alanshorn at gmail.com<mailto:alanshorn at gmail.com>> wrote:
 the Book 11 passage says prevenient grace caused A&E to be regenerate, while the Book 3 passage says that it merely softens stony hearts, which still must respond appropriately to God's persistent calling.

I would argue that the figurative language in the opening of XI, adapted from Ezekiel 11:19, and that of softening stony hearts in III come to exactly the same thing.

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