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Although John Milton was raised in London his father was raised in Oxfordshire So Milton had a city background as well as a rural one Not only did he have the knowledge of two different cultures he was brought up in the difference of religious beliefs His father John Milton Senior was raised by a devout Roman Catholic However later in life John Milton Sr switched his beliefs to the Protestant Religion John Milton Jr knew first hand the bitter differences that divided his fellow countrymen Later he would also join the cause of the Puritanical society Protestantism is a faith in which it is believed that salvation depends not on human effort or merit but only on the freely given grace of god Good works are not disdained but regarded as the result of Gods grace working in the life of the believer John Milton and other Puritans believed that the Catholic faith put too much emphasis on the need for believers to gain merits To Protestants this seemed to make the redemptive sacrifice of Christ unnecessary and to leave human beings all of whom are necessarily sinners in doubt of their Christianity John Milton grew up in the great epoch of Literature of John Donne Shakespeare John Webster and Ben Johnson These great literary authors greatly influenced John Miltons career As a young boy Milton showed a great talent in writing especially poetry He treated his gifts seriously he looked at his life and his career as something dedicated to God and the service of his country Milton felt that he was called to serve God from the pulpit and through poetry Milton felt that a poet himself to be a true poem that is a composition and pattern of the best and honourablest things not presuming to sing high praises of heroic men or famous cities unless he have in himself the experience and the practice of all that which he is
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