On the Road with John Bunyan

Louis Markos | March 14, 2016

Editors’ note: Taking the advice of C. S. Lewis, we want to help our readers “keep the clean sea breeze of the centuries blowing through our minds,” which, as he argued, “can be done only by reading old books.” In this new series we want to survey some forgotten Christian classics. We invited Louis Markos—professor of English at Houston Baptist University—to reflect on John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (1678). While this classic is well known—the most famous after the Bible—we would argue that it isn’t as well read, hence its inclusion in this series.

Previously in the series:

My favorite metaphor for life has always been that of the road. Indeed, the problem with the phrase “Life is like a road” is that the word “like” has no business in the phrase. Life is a road, and we are pilgrims on it. We are Odysseus and Aeneas and Dante and Don Quixote and Huck Finn and Bilbo Baggins and that motley crew that joins Chaucer on the long road to Canterbury.

By the time I discovered Pilgrim’s Progress, I’d already been convinced of my status as a pilgrim, as a sojourner on this earth. What John Bunyan…

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