Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


A number of attempts have been made to fit the Miltonic ideals into the pattern of a particular religious or philosophical group. HE has been called Calvinist, Arminian, Unitarian and Spiritualist. The treatment of vital religious beliefs in "Paradise Lost," however, leaves little doubt as to Milton's contempt for any and all orthodox theology. That he was a liberal in morals, in politics, and in religion has never been doubted. We are sometimes tempted in spite of this forgive him his heresies in deference to the beauty of his art, and to excuse his theories in the presence of his sublime imagery. These things of genius will be of little consequence in this study, since my comparisons and interpretations will be based on the cold logic of learned Christians and the authority of Scriptural Text.



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.