Give Me Liberty or Give Me a Piece of Fruit?
The Liberty (or Lack Thereof) of Adam and Eve
in Paradise Lost
Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties. -Milton, Areopagitica, 1644
If we are to take any one moral from Milton's Paradise Lost, it might very well be that human beings must always be obedient to God. However, the term obedience implies the ability
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reacting in the only way that God predisposition him to react?
God gave Adam and Eve free will, but then makes every effort to condition them not to use it. Disobedience is punished, therefore making therefore making fear the impetus of obedience, not virtue. Mankind's ability to think freely is blocked by obstacles that God has deemed fit to place in our paths.
Milton, J. (1935). Paradise Lost. New York: The Odyssey Press, Inc.