Date of Award

1981

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

English

Abstract

A study of John Milton's poetry reveals a pattern of developing theological concepts which in his later years result in unorthodox theological positions: ex Deo creation, mortalism, antitrinitarianism. This theology exists within the structure of free will and rests on the concept of God as Logos. Such theological conclusions as are voiced in Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained reflect Milton's vision of man's relationship to God, the nature of God and God's creation, the nature of Sin, and the means whereby man may be saved. Although unorthodox in the mainstream of seventeenth century English Protestantism on a number of doctrinal points, Milton's theology confronts the issues raised by the events of his lifetime, and confronts the issues raised by his heritage as a man of the Renaissance.

Pages

177

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