Paradise Lost and the Concept of Creation

@article{Lehnhof2004ParadiseLA,
  title={Paradise Lost and the Concept of Creation},
  author={Kent Russell Lehnhof},
  journal={South Central Review},
  year={2004},
  volume={21},
  pages={15 - 41}
}
  • K. Lehnhof
  • Published 22 July 2004
  • Philosophy
  • South Central Review
On his visit to Eden, Raphael informs Adam and Eve that the universe was not created ex nihilo but rather de deo: everything was fashioned from out of the singular substance of God. This consubstantial connection to God proves universally ennobling by conferring upon each existent a divine origin and a divine composition. Milton's materialist monism, however, prevents him from participating in orthodox ideas of God that differentiate deity from all else on the basis of a divine ousia unique to… 
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