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Books by John Milton (1608-74) were ordered burned in London because of his attacks on the English monarchy. His indictment revolved around his theology, his advocating presbyterian (elder ruled) rather than episcopal (bishop ruled) church government. With the restoration of the monarchy to England in 1660, Milton was punished with a fine and a short term in prison for supporting the Parliament. Afterward, he lived in retirement and wrote his greatest work, Paradise Lost (1667).

But Jesus called them to Himself, and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not so among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave; just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:25-28

[Note: This is the second in a series on tidbits of church history, taken from An Almanac of the Christian Church by William D. Blake. Click here to see the whole series.]

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