One of the readings we read in Honors this week was an excerpt from The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan. This is a somewhat radical writing for the post-reformation era, because it calls for leaving everything behind in a period where it became possible to serve God in any station. It is a story about a man named Christian and his journey to the Celestial City. He meets many interesting people along the way, some of whom join his travels for a time and some of whom he encounters only briefly. Some of these characters represent good traits and others represent bad traits.
This reading is good because it properly emphasizes the importance of the Christian faith. An eternal relationship with Jesus Christ is worth leaving everything else behind for. It is also very interesting to read some of the different characters that are distracted from their goal by various things. This story is, in many ways, timeless, because it deals with the importance of eternal salvation.
It is really cool how Christian, in the story, is always trying to get the people he meets to also go to the Celestial City. One thing I do not like about the story is how he leaves his wife and children behind. I think there must have been something he could have done to not abandon his vocation of husband and father. He surely could have tried harder to save his family from destruction. Other than that though, I like this story.