For more than 1,500 years, the claim that Adam's Fall might be
considered 'fortunate' has been Christianity's most controversial
and difficult idea. While keepers of the Easter vigil in the fifth
century (and later John Milton) praised sin only as a backhanded
witness to the ineffability of redemption, modern speculative
theodicy came to understand all evil as comprehensible,
historically productive, and therefore fortunate, while the
romantic poets... more...