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date: 07 December 2019

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This chapter is concerned with the writings John Bunyan produced in the 1650s. These include two published attacks on the Quakers, Some Gospel-Truths Opened (1656) and A Vindication of the Book Called Some Gospel-Truths Opened (1657); A Few Sighs from Hell (1658), in which he voices a radical sympathy for the poor and oppressed; and his major work of covenant theology, The Doctrine of the Law and Grace Unfolded (1659). These early works are read against the changing context of the late 1640s and the 1650s, up until the Restoration in 1660. It is in the 1650s that Bunyan acquired the literary skills necessary to become a polemicist in what was a highly charged context of religious disputation in print. These early works reveal Bunyan’s whole-hearted commitment to the godly agenda of the English Revolution.

Keywords: John Bunyan, Quakers, covenant theology, disputation, English Revolution, 1650s, poor

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