Marc Chagall, Adam and Eve Expelled from Paradise

CR Episode 10: Paradise Lost, Book X

The panel tackles the difficult problems of Adam's guilt, the nature of heavenly justice and its parallels with English Common Law, Milton's conception of the natural order, and Adam's acceptance of guilt and act of contrition for the sin of disobedience.
USS Atlantis, STS-27

CR Episode 8: Paradise Lost, Book VIII

The panel considers whether the Garden of Eden required a robust space exploration programme (yes), whether Angels are real (yes), whether human beings turn into angels when they die (no), whether Dr. Cooper is an Anglophile (no)... oh, and Milton, too!
Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation

CR Episode 7: Paradise Lost, Book VII

The panel examines the moment of creation, the etymological development of atheism and chaos, divine warnings against transgressing the proper bounds of intellectual curiosity, and the potentially physical nature of Creation's hymn of praise to its Maker.
Fall of the Rebel Angels, by Pieter Bruegel the Elder

CR Episode 6: Paradise Lost, Book VI

The panel welcomes Zac Watson as special guest to discuss questions about Paradise Lost, before examining the War in Heaven, Classical cosmogeny, Satan's parodic inventiveness, angelic biology, and an unlikely connexion to Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles.
Gustav Dore - Raphael and Tobias

CR Episode 5: Paradise Lost, Book V

Clinton and Dr. Cooper examine the fifth book of John Milton's Paradise Lost, with a particular focus on Milton's Arian Christology and whether Satan is a reactionary against a revolutionary God who is rhizomatic in the sense of Deleuze and Guattari.
Genesis 2:23, by Jan Brueghel the Younger

CR Episode 4: Paradise Lost, Book IV

The panel examines John Milton's prosody (particularly in the light of Dr. Johnson's comments) and reflects upon his troublesome Christology and potentially Arian leanings, before proffering the merest hint of a speculation about Milton's Mariology.
John Milton's Cottage

CR Episode 3: Paradise Lost, Book III

The panel discusses the third book of John Milton's Paradise Lost, with special attention on aspects including the ambiguously diabolical imagery of the opening, and Milton's philosophical approaches to the problem of evil, free will, and predestination.
Gustav Dore - Paradise Lost - Fallen Angels

CR Episode 2: Paradise Lost, Book II

The panel discusses Book II of John Milton's Paradise Lost, with a focus on the fallen angels as an inversion of divine imagery, the politics and plots of Pandaemonium, the natures of Sin and Death, and a possible instance of Miltonian heresy.
John Milton FEATURED

CR Episode 1: Paradise Lost, Book I

In the first episode of Critical Readings, the panel begins a twelve-week discussion of Milton's Paradise Lost, with discussion focused on the poem's nature as an epic and the apparent ideological conflict between Milton's politics and his protagonist. and
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