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Graceful Reading: Theology and Narrative in the Works of John Bunyan

Michael Davies


Bunyan’s theology is not obsessed with a forbidding Calvinist doctrine of predestination. Rather, his is a comfortable doctrine, in which the believer is encouraged to accept salvation through the more accommodating terms of Bunyan’s covenant theology. Bunyan’s narrative style is informed by this doctrine, and his major works (with particular focus on Grace Abounding and The Pilgrim’s Progress) reveal a profound sensitivity to narrative and reading practices, with reading itself instrumental to spiritual instruction. The ‘graceful reading’ of the book’s title thus encompasses a Bunyan for whom ... More

Keywords: Bunyan, Calvinism, covenant theology, Grace Abounding, Graceful reading, narrative, Nonconformist, postmodernist, The Pilgrim’s Progress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199242405
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199242402.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Davies, author
Lecturer in English at the University of Leicester
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