December 18, 2008
This year marks the 400th anniversary of the birth of John Milton, best known for his masterpiece, Paradise Lost
. An essay by Theo Hobson, author of the newly-released Milton’s Vision: The Birth of Christian Liberty
(Continuum, 2008), well summarizes Milton’s integrated theological, political, and social vision (HT: Arts & Letters Daily).
John Milton (1608-1674): “None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license.”
Instead of secularizing a figure that has been deemed important in the history of political philosophy by some sort of post-Enlightenment textual deconstruction, Hobson attempts to show how Milton’s Christian convictions positively informed his perspective on the responsibilities of both state and church. Continue Reading...