DEATH AND GLORY; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan (13)

While revelling in the beauties of the Country of Beulah, Christian and Hopeful were warned that they had two more difficulties to face before they would enter the Celestial City.  What were these two difficulties?  One writer has commented that they were “death without and unbelief within.” 

GIANT DESPAIR & DOUBTING CASTLE; John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (8)

Leaving the path will always led us into despair and doubting.  One simple step of disobedience can have catastrophic consequences

VANITY FAIR; The Courage of Faithful – John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (7)

THE LIFE AND LITERAURE OF JOHN BUNYAN  Part 7 The Pilgrim’s Progress from this World to that Which is to Come; Faithful and Vanity Fair  After passing through the dark and dangerous Valley of the Shadow of Death, Christian overtakes Faithful, also a former citizen of the City of Destruction.  This lesson is a characterContinue reading “VANITY FAIR; The Courage of Faithful – John Bunyan’s Life and Literature (7)”

THE HILL OF THE CROSS; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 4

This cross which Bunyan depicts is bloodless.  There is no crucifix, there is no dying Saviour thereon, it has been vacated yet it represents the price that has been paid.  The Roman model of a cross still holding the Saviour is indicative of their mass and of the desire to offer Christ constantly.  Our faith rests on a Saviour who died once, and it is on the merits of this one sacrifice that we stand

FROM THE CITY OF DESTRUCTION TO THE WICKET GATE; The Life and Literature of John Bunyan Part 2

Bunyan is the master of the Christian allegory.  An allegory is a metaphor, a means of communicating a message by the means of symbols, like our Saviour’s parables.  The author begins by presenting himself as falling asleep while walking “through the wilderness of this world” and in his dream, he sees a man, the pilgrim called “Christian”, who as he reveals later was initially known as “Graceless”.