John Milton: Classical Learning and the Progress of Virtue
The Puritan poet John Milton is most famous for his massive theological epic Paradise Lost. He was also known as perhaps the greatest genius of the English Renaissancepossibly the best-educated man of his dayand also a major theorist of classical learning for Christians. The man who wrote the seminal words "The end then of Learning is to repair the ruines 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 . . . (Of Education, 1644) argues across all his voluminous writings that the purpose of education is soul work for virtue as opposed to information gathering for profit.
In this book, Milton scholar Professor Grant Horner from The Master's College examines the poet's powerful vision of a Christian and classical education. Trained at Duke University by Stanley Fish, the world's most influential Miltonist, Horner approaches the text as a Christian educator himself, bringing the complex seventeenth-century texts into modern light for practical application. Addressing questions such as how to handle pagan texts, how to develop a theology of aesthetics, and why we must grapple with the relationship between pagan wisdom and scripture, this book will serve as a thorough and readable introduction to the complex thought of one of the Puritan intellectual giants.
This series from Classical Academic Press delves into the lives of three individuals who have influenced modern culture and Christianity. Plato, John Milton, and C. S. Lewis have each inspired society in many ways. This biographical series, however, hones in on understanding each of their views on education. Each book elaborates on one man's life and the influences which shaped his educational views. Then the authors discuss the individual's particular views on education. The final portion of each book conveys ways in which modern educators can benefit from each man's educational philosophy. Includes a bibliography, annotated bibliography (for some authors), discussion questions and a few lined pages for personal notes. 5.5" x 8.5", approx. 65 pp, sc. ~ Ruth