[Milton-L] De Doctrina Christiana

Michael Gillum mgillum at unca.edu
Fri Jan 2 11:41:07 EST 2009

Extending Hannibal Hamlin¹s question, could I ask people to say what they
think are  important differences between ideas stated in DDC and ideas
stated or clearly implied in PL (as you interpret it)?


On 1/2/09 11:18 AM, "Hannibal Hamlin" <hamlin.hannibal at gmail.com> wrote:

> A further question that is more hermeneutic than bibliographic -- to what
> extent can Paradise Lost (say) be legitimately interpreted in light of De
> Doctrina?  This seems to have become common practice, for the obvious reason
> that the theological positions stated in De Doctrina are considerably easier
> to determine than those in PL.  But De Doctrina isn't really a handbook to the
> theology of PL, is it?  If the same man wrote both works, that's certainly
> interesting, but can we assume that both works express the same ideas, or that
> their author was of the same mind when he wrote both works?  We might even ask
> about the relationship about theological ideas to the (written) linguistic
> expression of them: i.e., is it possible that language can generate ideas as
> much as the reverse, and even that different kinds of writing (dramatic
> fictional English verse, say, as opposed to expository Latin prose) might tend
> to generate different ideas?
> Hannibal
> On 1/2/09, Thomas Corns <els009 at bangor.ac.uk> wrote:
>> May I suggest reading at least the last chapter of Gordon Campbell, Thomas
>> N. Corns, John K. Hale, and Fiona Tweedie, JOHN MILTON AND THE MANUSCRIPT OF
>> DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006)?
>> If time is more pressing, then go with Michael Bauman: yes.
>> DE DOCTRINA CHRISTIANA is being edited for the new Oxford Complete Works of
>> John Milton; John Hale is the volume editor for that volume.
>> Best
>> Tom Corns
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