[Milton-L] PL and the Sabbath and classical myth

Kate Frost katefrost at mail.utexas.edu
Mon Dec 20 09:26:40 EST 2004

I'm  told that the Sabbatical cessation of work--among American 
Puritans anyway--had to do with more than liturgical worship. That is, 
it provided an opportunity for procreation. During the working week, 
folks were just too tuckered out.

Kate Gartner Frost

On Dec 20, 2004, at 9:11 AM, James Rovira wrote:

> Really need to be careful with what some puritan and similar groups 
> call the Sabbath.  It's really church attendance and the cessation of 
> work on -Sunday- most the time, although you're right, some groups 
> insisted on the seventh day.  I'm not sure what Milton would have 
> thought of this, but this really doesn't sound like him to me.
> Jim
> Boyd M Berry wrote:
>> God prefers before all temples the upright heart and pure.  We get 
>> into a
>> problem of nomenclature here.  There was great stress from a certain 
>> sort
>> of Protestant on keeping the sabbath; I would call them biblical as
>> differentiated from liturgical Christians.  Sabbath breaking was much
>> condemned.  But there did arise what are sometimes termed "seventh-day
>> sabbatarians, althoug I no longer recall when they emerged.  I my 
>> _Process
>> of Speech_, I tried to talk about the immense volume of tracts on the
>> sabbath, with what success I'm not sure.  I refered to Puritans then.
>> Boyd M. Berry
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