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Properly conducted, a person’s education makes him or her a better Christian...

In Milton’s view, education is not what people so often reduce it to — completing a certain number of courses, writing the required number of papers, “getting a requirement out of the way,” or acquiring a degree (though perhaps not an education).  Milton the educator is less interested in how much a person knows than in the kind of person he or she is in the process of becoming.  The goal of education, in Milton’s definition, focuses on a person’s relationship to God.  Properly conducted, a person’s education makes him or her a better Christian.   . . .   We customarily limit sanctification to moral and spiritual progress; for Milton, becoming like God can mean coming to share God’s...

posted on: Sep 6, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow

The goal of learning

The end then of learning is to repair the ruins 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. John Milton, “Of Education,” Complete Prose Works, 2:366-67, quoted in Leland Ryken, Worldly Saints, p. 163.  For an in-print volume of Milton, see Complete Poems and Major Prose, pp....

posted on: Aug 26, 2010 | author: Alan Burrow