I'm currently reading Stephen Neil and N.T. Wright's excellent book, The Interpretation of the New Testament: 1861-1986. It provides a fascinating narrative overview of the history of New Testament interpretation. One of the more interesting sections describes the history behind the use of the Apostolic Fathers, especially Ignatius, in churches. Neil says, "If you approved of episcopacy, Ignatius was just your man; if you disapproved of episcopacy, Ignatius just would not do." Well, John Milton was one man who definitely disapproved of Ignatius and the episcopacy. He says,
It seems that Milton had a way with words and no doubt would have been a provocative blogger in our day.