John Bunyan 's Representations Of Law And Grace Essay

2174 Words Oct 17th, 2016 9 Pages
Lutheran theology echoes throughout the Pilgrim’s Progress, particularly through John Bunyan’s representations of law and grace. These are two critical ideas that Bunyan presents through his allegory. The ideas are detailed mostly in the beginning of Christian’s journey, as the beginning of one’s faith, where it is easiest to become confused on the nature of salvation. To fully grasp Bunyan’s meaning is to understand what law and grace mean, and how they relate to each other. The concepts, like every other idea in this story, are defined through metaphor. Unlike every other idea, these concepts are not directly converted into metaphors. Instead, we have to examine other concepts to understand law and grace.
Each situation that Christian and other characters faced can be categorized as stories about righteousness, religion, and morality. Christian and the people around him exhibited forms of these terms that indicate whether they have been saved by grace, or only ventured to the Celestial City by adhering to divine or man-made law. Their behavior indicated the presence of law or grace, and so their behavior explains these concepts. Bunyan’s working definitions of righteousness, religion, and morality all refer to the same idea where our actions demonstrate our faith, but do not denote our faith when completed by themselves. For clarity’s sake, this paper will begin with the definitions of law and grace that Bunyan illuminates throughout his story, and then use examples of…

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