| Words can be twisted, but God uses them to tell straight truths
by Janie B. Cheaney
Posted 12/04/09, 09:58 am
How does one write heaven?
John Milton, setting out to "justify the ways of God to men" in Paradise Lost, faced the challenge of representing not only heaven, but hell, the great gulf, and the unfallen world. The first section of the poem lays out the landscape of chaos, where Satan and the other fallen angels land on a lake of fire after their expulsion from heaven. After recovering from the shock they organize themselves and decide what to do next.