“…just as Christian came up to the Cross, his burden loosed from off his shoulders, fell from off his back, and began to tumble down the hill, and so it continued to do till it came to the mouth of the sepulchre. There it fell in, and I saw it no more!”
― John Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress
John Bunyan’s “Pilgrims Progress” was first published in England with a recorded date of February 18, 1678.
The Christian allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which is Come has been translated into more than 200 languages. It is considered to be one of the most significant works of religious literature.
While John Bunyan has been described as a Baptist or a Congregationalist he called himself simply a Christian. He is honored in the Church of England with a Lesser Festival on August 30 and on the liturgical calendar of the Episcopal Church in the United States on August 29.
Bunyan had been frequently imprisoned for preaching without a license. It was during those times of imprisonment between the years of 1660 and 1672 that he gathered the ideas that helped him develop one of the classics of Christian literature.
Charles Spurgeon read through Pilgrim's Progress a hundred times. Spurgeon known as the "Prince of Preachers" wrote Picture's from Pilgrim's Progress. Spurgeon said “Next to the Bible, the book that I value most is John Bunyan’s ‘Pilgrim’s Progress.’ I believe I have read it through at least a hundred times. It is a volume of which I never seem to tire; and the secret of its freshness is that it is so largely compiled from the Scriptures. It is really Biblical teaching put into the form of a simple yet very striking allegory.”