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Milton's Vision: The Birth of Christian Liberty Hardcover – December 20, 2008


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Editorial Reviews

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"Theo Hobson takes no prisoners in his enthusiasm for Milton. This is a vigorous pen-portrait of one of Protestantism's greatest writers which has the great virtues of taking his Protestantism seriously, and of saying without any hesitation that Milton's Protestantism speaks to the modern Western world as much as it did to the tyrants and tidy-minded ideologues of his own day." Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, Theology Faculty, University of Oxford.

Title mention in The Times.


"A worthy addition to the literature on Milton" - Catholic Herald

Review in The Independent.


"The author's passion communicates itself to the reader, and he gives a stirring, lucid account of this extraordinary writer." - The Tablet


'Milton never published a systematic account of Christian liberty; Hobson duly compensates.' Church Times, February 2009


'A study written with a racy style and wit [...] but with a very serious point at its heart.' Baptist Times, March 2009


Title mention in author's own article in The Tablet, January 2009


Review in The Tablet, January 2009


"The author is well-known as an indepenent-minded critic of positions and people not often questioned in his particularly creative way ... His current topic, Milton, challenges those religious souls who embrace the subject as 'their type of Protestant' to juggle another thesis from the same man, namely that Protestantism per se equates with political liberty ... it is well written, worth reading."

The Church of Ireland Gazette, April 2009


"Hobson is a lively writer and Milton's work, especially the prose, is dealt with swiftly and vigorously."
Methodist Recorder, 9 April 2009


"The main value of the book is that Hobson is a fan, a true believer, and this is a rollicking read for those who reckon that liberal Protestantism, freedom and a due agnostisicm towards doctrinal orthodoxy hold the secret of the world's salvation... The analysis of the ways in which Milton in Paradise Lost and Nabokov in Lolita intertwine the themes of sex, goodness and evil is almost worth the price of the book in itself." - David Cornick, Reform, April 2009
(D. Cornick)

Author's answer, (letters and emails section), 25 October 2008
(The Guardian)

"Hobson demonstrates why lietrary Miltonism cannot, and should not, separate critical assessment of Milton's writing from examination of his innate religious motivation"
17 July 2009
(Times Literary Supplement)

"Theo Hobson takes no prisoners in his enthusiasm for Milton. This is a vigorous pen-portrait of one of Protestantism’s greatest writers which has the great virtues of taking his Protestantism seriously, and of saying without any hesitation that Milton’s Protestantism speaks to the modern Western world as much as it did to the tyrants and tidy-minded ideologues of his own day." Diarmaid MacCulloch, Professor of the History of the Church, Theology Faculty, University of Oxford.

"The main value of the book is that Hobson is a fan, a true believer, and this is a rollicking read for those who reckon that liberal Protestantism, freedom and a due agnostisicm towards doctrinal orthodoxy hold the secret of the world's salvation... The analysis of the ways in which Milton in Paradise Lost and Nabokov in Lolita intertwine the themes of sex, goodness and evil is almost worth the price of the book in itself." - David Cornick, Reform, April 2009
(Sanford Lakoff)

About the Author

Mr. Theo Hobson has published a number of books and also writes regularly for The Times, The Tablet and The Spectator.

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