The Tyranny of Heaven: Milton's Rejection of God as King

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University of Delaware Press, 2004 - Počet stran: 208
The Tyranny of Heaven argues for a new way of reading the figure of Milton's God, contending that Milton rejects kings on earth and in heaven. Though Milton portrays God as a king in Paradise Lost, he does this neither to endorse kingship nor to recommend a monarchical model of deity. Instead, he recommends the Son, who in Paradise Regained rejects external rule as the model of politics and theology for Milton's fit audience though few. The portrait of God in Paradise Lost serves as a scathing critique of the English people and its slow but steady backsliding into the political habits of a nation long used to living under the yoke of kingship, a nation that maintained throughout its brief period of liberty the image of God as a heavenly king, and finally welcomed with open arms the return of a human king. Michael Bryson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Northwestern University.

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Of Miltons and Gods
9
His Tyranny Who Reigns The Biblical Roots of Divine Kingship and Miltons Rejection of Heavns King in Prose and Poetry
42
Who durst defy th Omnipotent to Arms Satans Fall from Hero to King
77
That far be from thee Divine Evil Justification and the Evolution of the Son from WarriorKing to Hero
112
Tempt not the Lord thy God The End of Kingship and the Awareness of Divine Similitude in Paradise Regained
148
Notes
171
Works Cited
195
Index
201
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Strana 95 - Ah wherefore ! he deserved no such return From me, whom he created what I was, In that bright eminence, and with his good Upbraided none ; nor was his service hard.
Strana 155 - But to guide nations in the way of truth By saving doctrine, and from error lead To know, and, knowing, worship God aright, Is yet more kingly. This attracts the soul, Governs the inner man, the nobler part...
Strana 92 - Hear, all ye angels, progeny of light, Thrones, dominations, princedoms, virtues, powers; Hear my decree, which unrevoked shall stand; This day I have begot whom I declare My only Son, and on this holy hill Him have anointed, whom ye now behold At my right hand; your head I him appoint; And by myself have sworn, to him shall bow All knees in heaven, and shall confess him Lord.
Strana 53 - For the LORD most high is terrible ; he is a great King over all the earth.
Strana 75 - The end, then, of learning is to repair the ruins of our first parents by regaining to know God aright and out of that knowledge to love him, to imitate him, to be like him as we may the nearest by possessing our souls of true virtue, which being united to the heavenly grace of faith makes up the highest perfection.
Strana 118 - Wherefore should the Egyptians speak and say, For mischief did He bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?
Strana 59 - ... him appoint; And by my Self have sworn to him shall bow All knees in Heav'n, and shall confess him Lord: Under his great Vice-gerent Reign abide United as one individual...
Strana 142 - Behold mee then, mee for him, life for life I offer, on mee let thine anger fall...
Strana 148 - Yet he, who reigns within himself, and rules Passions, desires, and fears, is more a king ; Which every wise and virtuous man attains...

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