John Milton | The Reason of Church Government | A Review

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John Milton | The Reason of Church Government | A Review

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John Milton The Reason of Church Government A Review

John Milton’s ‘The Reason of Church Government’-A Review

John Milton’s “The Reason of Church Government” is a series of essays, published in 1641 and 1642, in which Milton lays out his arguments for the necessity of a reformed Church of England. The work consists of three books, each of which explores different aspects of Church governance and the role of the Church in society.

Book One: The Author’s Preface and Introduction

In the preface and introduction, Milton sets out his aim for the work, which is to argue for the importance of a reformed Church of England that is based on the principles of liberty and democracy. He believes that the Church should be free from political control and that its governance should be based on the principles of reason and scripture.

Book Two: Of Prelatical Episcopacy

In this book, Milton attacks the Episcopal Church hierarchy, which he sees as corrupt and oppressive. He argues that the Church should be led by pastors who are elected by their congregations, rather than appointed by a hierarchy of bishops. He also argues that the Church should be independent from the state, and that it should be free to worship and govern itself without interference.

Book Three: Of Church-Censure and Civil-Penalties

In the final book, Milton discusses the issue of Church discipline and the relationship between the Church and the state. He argues that the Church should have the power to discipline its members, but that this power should not extend to civil penalties. He also argues that the state should not interfere in matters of Church discipline and that the Church should be free to govern itself without interference.

In brief, “The Reason of Church Government” is a powerful argument for the importance of a reformed Church of England that is based on the principles of liberty, democracy, and religious freedom. Milton’s ideas were revolutionary for their time, and they helped to shape the future of religious and political thought in England and beyond. While some of his ideas may seem outdated or controversial to modern readers, his arguments remain relevant and thought-provoking. 0 0 0.

John Milton The Reason of Church Government A Review

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