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: De Doctrina Christiana (Christian Doctrine) is a Latin manuscript found in 1823 and attributed to John Milton, who died 148 years prior. Since Milton was blind by the time of the workâs creation, this attribution assumes that an amanuensis aided the author. The Christian Doctrine is divided into two books. The first book is then divided into 33 chapters and the second into 17. The first part of the work appears to be âfinishedâ because it is free of edits and the handwriting (Skinnerâs) is neat, whereas the second is filled with edits, corrections, and notes in the margins. The Skinnerâs incomplete fair copy has stirred controversy over the work, because it does not provide critics with the ability to determine what the fair copy was based on. The manuscript itself is patterned on the theological treatises common to Miltonâs time, such as William Amesâs Medulla Theologica and John Wollebâs Compendium Theologiae Christianae. Although Milton refers to âforty-two worksâ, of them many were âsystematic theologiesâ, in his various works, Christian Doctrine does not allude to them in the same way as he does in his political treatises. However, the actual pattern of discourse found within the treatise is modeled after Amesâs and Wollebâs works even if the content is different.