Bunyan's Exceeding Maze: Doctoring and Doctrine in <i>Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners</i>

Michael Davies

in Graceful Reading

Published in print July 2002 | ISBN: 9780199242405
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602405 | DOI:
 Bunyan's Exceeding Maze: Doctoring and Doctrine in Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners

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Assesses Bunyan’s presentation of religious experience in his spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, and addresses psychological, medical, and psychoanalytic interpretations of the text. Grace Abounding demonstrates the terrorizing strictures of the law, as well as freedom from them through grace, and many episodes in the account, often read as evidence of Bunyan’s psychological breakdown, are understood here as instructing the reader in covenant theology. Grace Abounding is not a text exemplifying Calvinist anxiety over predestination, as this conversion account warns against such introspection.

Keywords: anxiety; Calvinist; conversion; covenant theology; Grace; introspection; law; predestination; psychological; spiritual autobiography

Chapter.  15324 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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