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An Application of Bunyan: Nothing New Under the Sun

July 16, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

As Christian and Faithful continue along the way, Faithful recounts yet another of his encounters, this time with the one named Shame. He bore this name because of his intent, which was to shame and ridicule any who considered religion to be of any importance. Likewise, the very thought that one might be concerned with what he might say or do was ludicrous to this man named Shame. Indeed, though Faithful questions whether this name was appropriate to the man, it seems most appropriate, indeed.  For while seeking to shame others, he possessed...

An Application of Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”: The Brutality of Moses

July 16, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

As Christian and Faithful continue to their journey together, Faithful continues to relate the events which had recently befallen him. After declining the offer of Adam the First, thereby earning his wrath, Faithful was overtaken by one whom he describes as “swift as the wind”.  This one proved to be a brutal companion.  When he catches up with Faithful, he speaks but a single word, which is not revealed, and then strikes Faithful with such a blow that he was knocked down to the ground. The blow was so hard that Faithful thought it might very...

An Application of Bunyan: Promises Worse than Empty

July 12, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

As Christian continued on his way, he saw ahead of him the man named “Faithful”, and sought to overtake him, desiring fellowship along the way.  Faithful was also from the City of Destruction, having set out on his journey sometime after Christian had begun his own. As they walked together, they told their stories, and Faithfful related to Christian the conversation which took place concerning him among the residents of their city after Christian had departed on his journey, which those who remained behind referred to as his “desperate...

An Application of Bunyan – Pope, Pagan, and a Mistaken Author

July 11, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

Though morning has broken over the Valley of the Shadow of Death, Christian has only come through the first part of the valley.  There is more to come, and, indeed, the second part of the valley will be more dangerous than the first, being “full of snares, traps, gins, and nets here, and so full of pits, pitfalls, deep holes, and shelvings down there, that had it now been dark, as it was when he came the first part of the way, had he had a thousand souls, t5hey had in reason been cast away.” As Christian finally approached the end of this...

An Application of Bunyan – The Whispering of the Wicked Ones

July 11, 2019 | by James M. Harrison

The battle is ended.  It was a close-run thing, with Christian falling under Apollyon’s assault, losing grasp of his sword.  But at the last moment, as Apollyon was about to strike the fatal blow, Christian reached for his sword, took it up again, and thrust it into the enemy.  Apollyon, realizing the that tide had changed, “spread forth his Dragon wings, and sped him away”, and Christian saw him no more. After giving thanks, Christian continued on to the end of the Valley of Humiliation, only to find himself in another valley, called the...