In the summer of Bunyan lost both his mother and his sister Margaret. There are few details available about his military service, which took place during the first stage of the English Civil War. A muster roll for the garrison of Newport Pagnell shows him as private "John Bunnian". Marriage and conversion[ edit ] Within two years of leaving the army, Bunyan married. He also recalled that, apart from these two books, the newly-weds possessed little: "not having so much household-stuff as a Dish or a Spoon betwixt us both". They would have three more children, Elizabeth, Thomas and John.

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His other works include doctrinal and controversial writings; a spiritual autobiography, Grace Abounding ; and the allegory The Holy War He learned to read and write at a local grammar school , but he probably left school early to learn the family trade. Above all he steeped himself in the English Bible; the Authorized Version was but 30 years old when he was a boy of Public Domain Bunyan speaks in his autobiography of being troubled by terrifying dreams. It may be that there was a pathological side to the nervous intensity of these fears; in the religious crisis of his early manhood his sense of guilt took the form of delusions.

His mother died in June, his younger sister Margaret in July; in August his father married a third wife. The English Civil Wars had broken out, and in November he was mustered in a Parliamentary levy and sent to reinforce the garrison at Newport Pagnell.

Bunyan remained in Newport until July and probably saw little fighting. Get exclusive access to content from our First Edition with your subscription. In this atmosphere Bunyan became acquainted with the leading ideas of the Puritan sectaries, who believed that the striving for religious truth meant an obstinate personal search, relying on free grace revealed to the individual, and condemning all forms of public organization.

Some time after his discharge from the army in July and before , Bunyan married. Their first child, a blind daughter, Mary, was baptized in July Elizabeth, too, was baptized in the parish church there in , though by that time her father had been baptized by immersion as a member of the Bedford Separatist church.

After an initial period of Anglican conformity in which he went regularly to church, he gave up, slowly and grudgingly, his favourite recreations of dancing and bell ringing and sports on the village green and began to concentrate on his inner life. Then came agonizing temptations to spiritual despair lasting for several years. He was aided in his recovery by his association with the Bedford Separatist church and its dynamic leader, John Gifford.

He entered into full communion about Bunyan soon became recognized as a leader among the sectaries. The Restoration of Charles II brought to an end the 20 years in which the separated churches had enjoyed freedom of worship and exercised some influence on government policy. On Nov. He refused to give an assurance that he would not repeat the offense, was condemned at the assizes in January , and was imprisoned in the county jail.

In spite of the courageous efforts of his second wife he had married again in to have his case brought up at the assizes, he remained in prison for 12 years. John Bunyan.


John Bunyan

Auf seinem Weg begegnen ihm zahlreiche allegorische Figuren aus dem Bereich der christlichen Glaubenswelt, die versuchen, ihn aufzuhalten bzw. Es folgt eine kurze Inhaltsangabe. Dort wird man dir, wenn du daran klopfst, sagen, was du tun sollst. Zwei Nachbarn begleiten ihn: Stur engl. Obstinate und Willig engl.


The Pilgrim’s Progress

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