Friday, October 11, 2013

A Voice from the Past - Bunyan

(in the context of the allegory, a description of a character who argues against Christianity)

What! Why he objected against religion itself; he said it was a pitiful, low, sneaking business for a man to mind religion; he said that a tender conscience was an unmanly thing, and that for man to watch over his words and ways, so as to tie up himself from that hectoring liberty that the brave spirits of the times accustom themselves unto would make him the ridicule of the times. He objected also that few of the mighty, rich, or wise, were ever of my opinion; nor any of them neither, before they were persuaded to be fools, and to be of a voluntary fondness, to venture the loss of all, for nobody else knows what.

John Bunyan, 1628-1688, Pilgrim's Progress (edited by Roger Sharrock, Penguin Books, 1987, p. 65)

Do we meet the same kind of objections today? How might we respond to them?

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