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Saturday, December 18, 2004

 

Pilgrim's lack of progress

Being ill over the last couple of weeks has had it’s ups in that I picked up a copy of Pilgrim’s progress. Having had an interesting journey with Christ over the last few years and what with my work with the Boiler Room, a look at pilgrimage was overdue. Often in my journey it’s felt much like pilgrim’s lack of progress, what with the constant having to call in sick and feeling like you’re disappointing people. I know one thing I’ve been looking at in my life has been guilt, but really I should not feel guilty at all as I’m limited, we’re all limited by these bodies of ours and mine in particular limits me a lot. If people by don’t understand it’s their fault, and not mine and for The Evil One to keep whispering in my ear about guilt is not something that an already suffering body needs, so I’m not going to listen to him. Rather like Smeagol deciding not to listen to Gollum. At this point I have to say I’m don’t have multiple personality disorder quite like Gollum.

Not sure quite what to make of Pilgrim’s progress, not convinced by it at first but only due to the cheesiness in storytelling. It does make one wonder about writing a postmodern pilgrim’s progress. Although that makes one think that the word progress shouldn’t be contained in the title due to the rejection of science and progress. The thing that has been great in reading this book is that it was given to me by my late nanna when I was in my teens after confirmation. I’m so glad I didn’t read it then, it would have totally alienated me and caused me great confusion. It amazes me to think of my grandparents who have always been involved with the Church of England, having read this book. It’s been great to revel in their understanding of Christ and to think of my nanna being in ‘The Celestial City’ and also the idea of her trying to help her grandson on his spiritual journey is something to admire. I guess it’s those sort of things that seem poignant at this time of year.

Comments:
mate it might be worth finding out more about the author, ol' Bun-eater, to enhance reading pleasure. definitely works for me... can strip the cheesiness somewhat
 
The closest thing to a post-modern pilgrims progress I've read is 'Pilgrims Regress' by CS Lewis, his first book and my favourite :)
 
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