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Questions about any or all of John Milton's four divorce tracts: The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce (1643, rev. ed. 1644), The Judgment of Martin Bucer (1644), Tetrachordon (1645),and Colasterion (1645). Use in conjunction with the tag [john-milton].

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What is meant by "the crotchet of the law" in chapter VIII of Milton's "The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce"?

In book one, chapter VIII, of The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce, it is written: Upon these principles I answer, that a right beleever ought to divorce an idolatrous heretick unlesse upon ...
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What passage of the Book of Malachi does Milton refer to in chapter VI, book I of "The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce"?

In book one, chapter VI, of The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce, it is written: If Solomons advice be not overfrolick, Live joyfully, saith he, with the wife whom thou lovest, all thy dayes, for ...
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What can be meant by "an image of earth and fleam" in chapter V of Milton's "The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce"?

In book one, chapter V, of The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce, it is written: And yet there follows upon this a worse temptation; for if he be such as hath spent his youth unblamably, and layd ...
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What "unsinning weaknesses" are meant by Milton in chapter V of "The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce"?

In book one, chapter V, of The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce, it is written: Thirdly, Yet it is next to be fear'd, if he must be still bound without reason by a deafe rigor, that when he ...
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What "easie curbs" of the flesh are meant by Milton in chapter IIII of "The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce"?

In book one of The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce, it is written: But all ingenuous men will see that the dignity & blessing of mariage is plac’t rather in the mutual enjoyment of that ...
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"That Christ deny’d divorce to his own", what does Milton mean here in this phrase from "The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce"?

In book one of The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce, it is written: That indisposition, unfitnes, or contrariety of mind, arising from a cause in nature unchangeable, hindring, and ever likely to ...
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What might Milton mean by "the work of male and female" in his "The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce"?

In book one of The Doctrine & Discipline of Divorce, it is written: Not that licence and levity and unconsented breach of faith should herein be countnanc’t, but that some conscionable, and ...
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