Creation as a Story from a Christian Poet’s Perspective: Paradise Lost

Görmez A.

The Sixth International Congress of Creation in the Light of Sciences, Van, Turkey, 20 - 23 October 2022, pp.177-178

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Summary Text
  • City: Van
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.177-178
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Man has always been interested in mysterious issues about how the world and man was created in the first place and other phenomena such as extraterrestrial entities. And as time passes, men with such curiosities have sought to find plausible explanations to these inexplicable phenomena contradictorily though. Philosophers, religious circles as well as scientists have come up with various explanations to such mysteries. Creation, or genesis in divine term, is one, or maybe the most intriguing of these issues. Interestingly enough, creation of the world and man is commonly told in three holy books with some differences. Being such a controversial, interesting and universal subject, creation appeals to literary world from different cultures throughout history. John Milton, one of the most renowned poets ever in English literature, is one of these men of literature drawing on this mystery. In his famous Paradise Lost, Milton writes a narrative poem about the genesis from a religious point. He tells about Adam and Eve, their temptation by the Satan, in the shape of a snake and finally their fall from grace. This paper critiques the issue of creation as a whole in Milton’s masterpiece in the light of a divine perspective.

Key Words: Creation, Adam and Eve, the Bible, the Quran, Paradise Lost.