Still relevant today
The pilgrim's progress is a classic allegorical tale of a man who journeys from the city of destruction to the celestial city. it is written from a christian perspective and many biblical themes are woven throughout. one verse of the john newton hymn "amazing grace" sums up the meaning of the pilgrim's progress very well . . . "through many dangers, toils and snares, i have already come. 'tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home." bunyan does not pull any punches concerning the many challenges that await those who hear the call to eternal life. in this way he is an antidote to the many "your best life now" preachers of our day. he wrote from prison, there because of his faith, so he was not speaking from the comfort of the american evangelical bubble. bunyan knew the variety of challenges to christian discipleship and unfolded them in a creative way. at the same time, bunyan created a work that not only built the faith of many, but has been a great literary and cultural influence through the centuries.