The Pilgrim’s Progress

Guide: Dr. Andy Draycott

Notes

1:40 The declining popularity of Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Changing society across twentieth century
  • Difficulties with language
2:28 Why people should read Pilgrim’s Progress today
  • Similarities between the world today and the context in which Bunyan wrote
  • Theology: emphasis not just on conversion but on struggle as a part of Christian life
3:37 Context within which Bunyan was writing
  • English Civil War
  • Parliamentary forces and Puritan preachers
  • John Gifford and Bunyan’s coming to faith
6:30 Nature of religious arguments in England at that time
  • Established Church of England vs. a number of dissenting groups
7:55 The Bedford Meeting
  • ‘Godly women’ and John Gifford
  • Preaching the gospel
10:12 Cromwell’s Protectorate and what happened after
  • Unlicensed preaching
  • Prison and writing
12:24 Bunyan’s Family
  • First wife and young children
  • Blind daughter
13:00 Bunyan in Prison
  • Making shoelaces
  • Writing and development of his imaginative life
14:50 Bunyan coming out of prison
  • Taking up ministry
  • Connections with London
15:50 S
  • 11 London editions in his lifetime
17:40 Bunyan’s aims
  • Pilgrim’s Progress as sermon
  • Polemical and evangelistic
  • Gospel of justification by faith in Christ
19:45 Bunyan’s theology
  • Self-taught
  • Reformational
  • Centrality of Bible
  • Conservative and evangelical
  • Drawn out conversion experiences
23:30 Use of allegory
  • Effect
  • Defence of methods
25:30 Dream
  • First paragraph of Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Dreaming as authoritative in scripture
  • Bunyan’s as literary artist
29:30 City of Destruction
  • Echoes of Sodom and Gomorrah 
  • Leaving his family and changes to later editions
32:00 Evangelist
  • Role of Evangelist
  • Nature of characters in Bunyan
35:06 The Wicket Gate
  • Good-will as Jesus
  • The Interpreter as Holy Spirit
36:06 Losing his burden
  • Not prescriptive of Christian experience
38:28 Shining Ones
  • Gifts
  • On friendly intervention along his journey
40:30 Retracing his steps
  • The role of sleep in the narrative
42:56 Formalist and Hypocrisy 
  • Against establishment and cultural Christianity
44:22 Apollyon
  • Influence of Bunyan’s early reading
  • Armour of God from Ephesians 6
47:06 Faithful
  • Faithful’s journey before meeting Christian
  • The importance of conversation
  • Faithful martyred at Vanity Fair
51:00 Giant Despair
  • Spiritual despair
  • The key in Christian’s breast
53:56 Dark River
  • River of Death
  • River Jordan
  • Ignorance
57:00 Celestial City
  • New Jerusalem 
  • Materiality
59:12 Part 2
  • Christian’s family
  • Journeying as a group
  • Changing non-Conformist experience in England
1:02:35 Influence of Pilgrim’s Progress
  • Little Women
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Translation
  • Cheap and expensive editions
  • Changes in reception over time
1:04:20 Adaptations
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • The Neal Morse Band
  • Liam Neeson
  • Animated film version
  • Enid Blyton
  • Video games
1:06:15 What to read next
  • Life and Death of Mr Badman
  • The Holy City
  • Cheryl Ford’s and Edward Hazelbaker’s versions in contemporary language
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