Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE ( © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 11 December 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This chapter makes the case for integrating theory and theology in our reading of Bunyan as fruitful for a deeper understanding of his works and as exemplary of the potential of emerging post-secular criticism. By taking up the thematic of faith in Grace Abounding (1666), The Pilgrim’s Progress (1678), and select works by Jacques Derrida, it shows how these texts illuminate faith as faith—not faith reconstituted as knowledge—as an inherent part of the linguistic condition. It claims that the particular mode of Bunyan’s literary recasting of the epistemological uncertainty faced in Grace Abounding into the fantasy form of The Pilgrim’s Progress suggests the contours of a larger understanding of the significance of fantasy fiction for Anglophone Protestant Christianity in modernity: that is, that fantasy fiction is where a spirituality that has imagined faith as knowledge embodies the fuller truth of its status as faith.

Keywords: Grace Abounding, The Pilgrim’s Progress, theology, post-secular criticism, Jacques Derrida, faith, knowledge, uncertainty, fantasy fiction

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.