How would it feel to be under the rule of a religious leader that used their political power to sentence to death hundreds of people based on their religious views ("Mary Bloody Mary")? And then the next day show up to church and tell you that God in Heaven commands us to be good and keep the commandments. It's not difficult to see that someone as determinedly advocating freedom as Milton did would have some serious issues. Sometimes in the past people have been okay with this, for instance, the notion during the beginnings of the Roman Empire that nothing was so important as the perpetuation of the state of Rome.
|The Pantheon in Rome, Italy|
Anyway, I think it is more important to contemplate that while Milton is pushing more radical ideas (Eikonoklastes, accrediting regicide, reformation in general) his ultimate goal is to create a platform for freedom. Freedom from the arbitrary decisions of a corrupt and/or very hard-of-hearing monarch.
Has not freedom been the cry of people for thousands and thousands of years? Milton is laying more bricks in effort to continue building the "pantheon" of freedom.
Questions: Is it fair or plausible to boil Milton's arguments down to simply a cry for freedom? Do you think that Milton is at all suggesting a separation between church and state?