Pilgrim's Progress in Today's English
by Paul Bunyan
Retold by James H. Thomas. The best allegory ever written is rewritten in modern English, making it clearer and more forceful to the modern reader.
Faith, Hope, Mercy, Envy, Ignorance, Guilt: These are not abstract concepts, but the names of vividly imagined, sharply drawn human characters encountered by Christian, the hero of The PilgrimÕs Progress. In John BunyanÕs seventeenth-century allegory of the soulÕs search for salvation, each step along the way becomes a dramatic rendering of an inner state of the human psyche. As Christian journeys from the wilderness of this worldÓ to the glory of the Celestial City, he confronts a seemingly endless array of temptations, threats, and dangers, including the nearly irresistible allure of material splendor at Vanity Fair; the crushing psychological burden of depression and despair in the Slough of Despond; and the fear and uncertainty that eats away at faith in Doubting Castle.