Monday, January 10, 2011

Milton and the Law

I just came across this post by my good friend Chris Donato. It points to his newly published article in the Harvard Theological Review titles "Against the Law: Milton's (Anti?) nomianism in De Doctrina Christiana," which can be found here. I have not read his article yet, but based on the following abstract, it looks like a worthwhile read.
This essay seeks to put to rest the notion that John Milton was an antinomian, by offering a concise summation of the relevant chapters of De doctrina Christiana that discuss his views on the covenants, the law and the gospel, and Christian liberty. Defining antinomian is a difficult task, as its manifestations throughout history have not been monolithic. During the seventeenth century in England, two kinds, broadly speaking, existed: 1) doctrinal antinomianism; and 2) licentious antinomianism.


  1. Love to hear your thoughts, Josh, should you slog through it . . .

  2. I'm half done with it, and while I do like it, it is quite a bit of work. I particularly found the discussion the doctrinal and licentious antinomianism to be very helpful.

  3. Thanks, Adam. I know it's tedious—that's probably why it was picked up!


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