Analysis Of Milton 's ' Paradise Lost ' Essay

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The Peace and Joy of Trials:
An Analysis of Milton’s Theodicy in Paradise Lost
Milton’s theodicy is an example of the most simplistic explanation for the question of why bad things happen when there is an all-powerful and all-loving God in existence, governing and determining our lives. Paradise Lost is the book Milton wrote to portray his beliefs concerning this question of justifying the ways of God to men. The answer to this question, at least for John Milton, revolves around the events in the Garden of Eden, concerning the two infamous and yet highly regarded individuals, Adam and Eve. In answering the question many atheists and skeptics pose to Christians, why do evil things happen if there is a God who loves us unconditionally and is capable of making things right, Milton takes his readers back to the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, bearing the forbidden fruit. For Milton, the moment Eve ate the fruit, while making use of her free will, is the reason that evil things happen all while the eyes of a loving God are upon us. Adam and Eve brought sin into this world at that moment, causing for calamity to follow mankind for the rest of their existence on this earth. The question that stems from this is whether or not this is the entire reason for terrible things to happen. How could it be? Of course there has to be more, right? And there is. In consideration of the fact that all along, God knew man would choose to disobey, this cannot be the only absolute reason that…

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