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Fall to Glory

Theological Reflections on Milton's Epics


Peter Gregory Angelo

The study focuses on Milton's understanding of the relationship between the free will of rational beings and the will of God, and answers three important theological questions raised by Milton's epic poetry: 1) In Paradise Lost, how does Milton reconcile the free will of the angels and Man with God's prescience? 2) Why are the fallen angels eternally damned and beyond redemption for having set their wills against the will of God? 3) In Paradise Regained, to what extent does the Son of God, who willfully takes upon himself the burden of the Redemption, share the Godhead with the Father?