[Milton-L] Merit and Regicide was Merit, birthright regicide was RE: Not Milton, but a Miltonist in the NYT . . .

James Rovira jamesrovira at gmail.com
Mon Jul 25 19:55:36 EDT 2016


Carrol: 

We could probably take it a step further: if the Son was subject to standards of merit, then how much more a king or other ruler? What ruler has the right to elevate him or herself above standards of merit if the Son was also subject to them?

Jim R

> On Jul 25, 2016, at 6:17 PM, Carrol Cox <cbcox at ilstu.edu> wrote:
> 
> Michael E Bryson: I would like to second James Rovira's hope that this list
> is not about to descend into the "lower deep still threatening to devour"
> that is a discussion of this election and either of these candidates. 
> 
> ====
> 
> I agree. We can escape to the political implications of Paradise Lost:
> 
>            . . . .and hast been found    
> By merit more than birthright Son of God,-
> 
> Query: Is this not a justification of regicide? If the ruler rules by
> _merit_, than when that merit fails, it is just to deprive him/



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