John Bunyan

Robert G. Collmer

in The Oxford Handbook of English Literature and Theology

Published in print March 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544486
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780198614128 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 John Bunyan

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Seventeenth-century Puritanism offers a remarkable spectrum of political and religious diversity. Specifically, Monica Furlong asserted that Puritanism produced ‘two geniuses in the persons of John Milton and John Bunyan’. The complexity of thought and range of knowledge possessed by John Milton stood in sharp contrast to the apparent simplicity and narrowness of view of John Bunyan. Bunyan wrote some sixty works, including The Pilgrim's Progress, The Life and Death of Mr. Badman , and The Holy War, didactic works, his spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, his systematic theology, A Confession of my Faith and A Reason of my Practice, and other doctrinal writings. His theology is firmly Bible based. Bunyan's literary creations were not abstractions but sprang from problems and successes either in his immediate experience, or in that of persons with whom he associated.

Keywords: Puritanism; John Milton; John Bunyan; Pilgrim's Progress; Holy War

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Subjects: Religion ; Religious Studies ; Christianity ; Philosophy of Religion

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