The Pilgrim’s Progress


The Pilgrim’s Progress, written by John Bunyan over 300 years ago, is one of the most widely-circulated books ever to be published in the English language. In spite of its popularity in the past, many people today are not familiar with this masterpiece. Join us for this class as we take a guided tour of this allegorical work, showing that Christians have as much to gain from this book today as they did hundreds of years ago.

Text(s): The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
Penguin Classics Version (this is the version that will be referenced during the class)
A Modernized Version


October 22nd, 2017

1 – The City of Destruction

Recommended Reading: You might enjoy reading the introductory material (in the Penguin Classics edition) prior to the first lecture. It is recommend that you read page 1 through the second full paragraph on page 14 in the week following the first lecture. For those reading from the modernized version, I think it would be best to simply read a chapter after each lecture, though the chapter breaks and the lectures will not perfectly correspond. 

October 29th, 2017

2 – The Wicket Gate

Recommended Reading: Page 14 (second paragraph) through page 31 (third paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

November 5th, 2017 – Guest Teacher

November 12th, 2017

3 – The Interpreter’s House

Recommended Reading: Page 31 (fourth paragraph) through page 41 (first paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

November 19th, 2017

4 – The Cross and the Sepulcher

Recommended Reading: Page 41 (second paragraph) through page 43 (first paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

November 26th, 2017

5 – The Hill of Difficulty

Recommended Reading: Page 43 (first paragraph) through page 50 (first paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

December 3rd, 2017

6 – The Place Beautiful

Recommended Reading: Page 50 (second paragraph) through page 59, Penguin Classics edition.

December 10th, 2017

7 – The Valley of Humiliation

Recommended Reading: Page 59 (last paragraph) through page 67 (third paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

December 17th, 2017

8 – The Valley of the Shadow of Death

Recommended Reading: Page 67 (fourth paragraph) through page 79 (first paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

<<December 24th, 2017 – No Class>>

December 31st, 2017

9 – The Godless City: Vanity Fair

Recommended Reading: Page 79 (second paragraph) through page 101 (first paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

January 7th, 2018

10 – The Castle of Giant Despair

Recommended Reading: Page 101 (second paragraph) through page 122 (second paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

January 14th, 2018

11 – The Delectable Mountains

Recommended Reading: Page 122 (third paragraph) through page 127 (first paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

January 21st, 2018

12 – The Celestial City

Recommended Reading: Page 127 (second paragraph) through page 165, Penguin Classics edition (I think the lectures basically skip over pages 127-139).

January 28th, 2018

13 – A Journey Begins

Recommended Reading: Page 169 through page 190 (fourth paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

February 4th, 2018

14 – Foes and Friends: The Road to Interpreter’s House

Recommended Reading:Page 190 (last paragraph) through page 210, Penguin Classics edition.

February 11th, 2018

15 – The Trek to Palace

Recommended Reading: Page 211 through page 229 (first paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

February 18th, 2018

16 – The Road to Vanity and Vanity Fair

Recommended Reading: Page 229 (second paragraph) through page ? (first paragraph), Penguin Classics edition.

February 25th, 2018

17 – From Vanity to Doubting Castle

Recommended Reading: TBD

March 4th, 2018

18 – On to Enchanted Ground

Recommended Reading: TBD

March 11th, 2018

19 – On to Celestial City

Recommended Reading: TBD

"Him we proclaim,
warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom,
that we may present everyone mature in Christ."
(Colossians 1:28, ESV)

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