Puritan And Anglican; Studies In Literature

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byEdward Dowden

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... VIII JOHN BUNYAN i To consider Bunyan merely as a representative of English Puritanism or Nonconformity in the second half of the seventeenth century would be to do an injustice to his genius and his work. Had he interpreted only what was peculiar to a special period and a particular phase of religious thought and feeling, what he has written might still be valuable as a document for historical students, but it could not be a living power with successive generations of readers of every class and in almost every region of the globe. What gives vitality to the "Pilgrim's Progress" is not its Puritanism as such, but rather its Christian spirit and more than this its profound humanity. Yet the " Pilgrim's Progress" is a characteristic product of Puritan faith and feeling; and to bring this fact home to ourselves we have only to imagine what Bunyan would have been if all his life had been passed as that of a member of the Anglican communion; or, rather, we have to put the question to ourselves--" Would an Anglican Bunyan have been possible?" If we desire to see a typical representative of Anglican piety in Bunyan's century we may find such a representative in George Herbert. It is a beautiful 232 type of religious temper, ardent within appointed bounds, spiritual, and finding in forms and ceremonies an aid to spiritual life, exalted without extravagance, regardful not only of holiness but of the visible beauty of holiness, delicate, pure, not driven to passionate extremes, not the prey of intolerable terrors and blissful raptures; a type of piety as it lives and moves in an organised and cultivated community, with a high tradition, and making use of all those adjuncts to the inward life which are afforded by habit and rite and emblem, those...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... VIII JOHN BUNYAN i To consider Bunyan merely as a representative of English Puritanism or Nonconformity in the...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:84 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021703876X

ISBN - 13:9780217038768

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