Milton's Vision Hardback

The Birth of Christian Liberty

by Theo Hobson;

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Milton's Vision

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No writer is so grudgingly admired. He wrote great poetry, goes the received wisdom, but his creed was narrow, chilling, inhuman. He was a Puritan. This toxic label implies that he supported an authoritarian form of Protestantism that was intent on imposing itself upon the nation, banning its fun, policing its very thoughts. This says the author is one of the oddest reputations in the entire history of ideas. No contemporary opposed religious authoritarianism with such vehemence. No one was so adamant that political freedom is built into the Christian gospel.

This book concentrates on Miltonís religious vision and is more concerned with his prose than his poetry. He insisted that Protestantism was compatible with political liberty- that the two causes are complimentary. This was a new vision. By treating all ecclesiastical authority with suspicion, he helped to establish the modern ideal of secularism. He was a Christian libertarian who wanted every form of church to wither away, so that the Gospel might be completely free of coercion. The book is thus a vital contribution to the debate about the place of religion in public life. It will appeal to those interested in the history of political thought, especially the concept of liberalism as well all those with an interest in religion and literature. There has never been a study of Milton that highlights his relevance to the core issues of our day: how religion gives rise to and interacts with secular ideals. Milton should be living at this hour. We have need of him.

1. The Broken Revolution
2. A Literary Calling
3. Taking Sides
4. The Idea of a Free Christian Society
5. The Epics
6. The Purloined Legacy

Mr Hobson has published a number of books and also writes regulary for The Times, The Tablet and The Spectator.

"Theo Hobson takes no prisoners in his enthusiasm for Milton. This is a vigorous pen-portrait of one of Protestantismís greatest writers which has the great virtues of taking his Protestantism seriously, and of saying without any hesitation that Miltonís Protestantism speaks to the modern Western world as much as it did to the tyrants and tidy-minded ideologues of his own day." Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, Theology Faculty, University of Oxford.

Milton's Vision by Theo Hobson was published by Continuum in October 2008. The ISBN for Milton's Vision is 9781847063427.

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Details for Milton's Vision

Page last updated 10th December 2015
Author / Artist
Book Formathardback
PublisherContinuum (October 2008)
Number of Pages256
Thickness23 mm
Height216 mm
Width138 mm
Product Code1219558
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