Milton and Idolatry

  title={Milton and Idolatry},
  author={B. Lewalski},
  journal={SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900},
  pages={213 - 232}
  • B. Lewalski
  • Published 2003
  • Philosophy
  • SEL Studies in English Literature 1500-1900
  • Noting Milton's frequent identification of himself as Ikonoklastes, idol-breaker, this essay traces his very broad concept of idolatry throughout his poetry and prose. While his Puritan contemporaries thought of idolatry chiefly as pagan or Roman Catholic practices that offer an affront to God, Milton saw idolatry as the disposition to attach divinity or special sanctity to any person, human institution, or material object, and early to late he sought to eradicate that disposition in his… CONTINUE READING
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