Authors Beliefs In John Milton's Paradise Lost

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An Author’s writings reflects his beliefs. One of the many examples of this is Paradise Lost, a poetic representation of the creation and fall of man in the Garden of Eden written by Protestant clergyman, John Milton. It is not a completely accurate portrayal, since many of Milton’s descriptions and theories do not coincide with the Bible. Instead, it is simply a peek into Milton’s imagination of what it might have been like. Paradise Lost, despite being fictional, is heavily based on Milton’s very real religious and philosophical understandings of God, Jesus, Angels, demons, Satan, free will, the universe, and the authoritive roles of men and women. It was extremely risky, since such topics in christian doctrine have been unnecessarily debated for years. …show more content…
That is because He did not fully trust the belief of “The trinity” since “there is, however, not a single word in the bible about the mystery of the Trinity...” Also, he believes that the Father “begot his Son [Jesus Christ] not from any natural necessity but of His own free Will.” (Christian Doctrine.) The idea of Jesus, coming from the Father is one to be debated, but for the book, Milton creatively used that as the source of Satan’s jeaolousy, “...if not the first Archangel, great in power, in favor and pre-eminence, yet fraught with envy against the Son, that day honored by His great Father, and proclaimed through Messaiah King anointed, could not bear through pride that sight, and though to himself impaired.”( Book V line 660-665) Angels are a major part of Paradise lost; serving as soldiers, gaurds, messengers, and punishers in the heavenly government. Demons, fallen angels, also have a government, with Satan as their leader, and Beelzebub as their prince. According to Milton, Angels, like man, also have free will and it was out of their free will that “a great many of them revolted from God...” (Christian Doctrine) In Paradise Lost, Satan and his demons freely chose hell over a “wearisome eternity so

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