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date: 08 December 2019

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The Nonconformist leader John Bunyan (1628–88) has left us a partial account of his life, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners (1666), on the basis of which we can begin to assemble a fuller account of his life, which had at its central point the process of his transformative religion conversion in the 1650s. From an intensely self-preoccupied existence, Bunyan emerged as a fully public figure in the world of later seventeenth-century English Nonconformity. While subscribing to the prevalent Calvinism of the English Puritan tradition, in his preaching and writing Bunyan taught a vibrant practical and social morality, as well as disseminating a political code that helped to accommodate his faith to the realities of England under a securely restored Stuart monarchy.

Keywords: John Bunyan, Grace Abounding to the Chief of Sinners, Calvinism, conversion, Nonconformity, preaching

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