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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," chapter 14

In a couple of weeks, the 5th and 6th grade boys Writing & Literature class I am tutoring will be reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. In preparation for this class, I am re-re-reading the book and constructing a detailed outline for each chapter as I read. The following outline is for Chapter 14 (in the 1991 Tyndale House Edition).

I. The Pilgrims Are Deceived

A. The pilgrims, followed by ignorance, come to a fork in the road, and are unsure which way to go.

B. A man in a white robe leads them down one way, which he says leads to the Celestial City, but then he turns them in the opposite direction, and they are trapped in a net; the white robe falls from the man's back.

C. The pilgrims mourn over the fact that they had forgotten the shepherds' instructions against being deceived, and they had not consulted the directions the shepherds had given them.

II. Encounter with a Shining One

A. A Shining One with a whip appears to the pilgrims and asks them where they had come from and where they are going; they respond by telling him that they are on their way to Zion and that they had been deceived by a man clothed in white.

B. The Shining One tells them that the deceiver's name is Flatterer, and he frees them from the net.

C. Being questioned by the Shining One, the pilgrims confess that they had forgotten to consult the directions and that they had not considered that the man in white was a flatterer.

D. The Shining One whips the pilgrims, admonishing them to repent and pay careful attention to their directions.

E. The pilgrims travel on, rejoicing.

III. Meeting Atheist

A. The pilgrims see a man coming towards them down the Way.

B. The man, named Atheist, asks the pilgrims where they are going.

C. Atheist laughs at the pilgrims and denies the existence of the Celestial City.

D. Atheist says that he used to believe in the City, and had set out in search of it, but finding no evidence of it, he is returning to his home.

E. Hopeful reminds Christian of their previous view of the Celestial City and of the whipping they had recently received and admonishes him to stop listening to Atheist.

F. Christian says that Atheist is blinded by the god of this world and the pilgrims turn away from Atheist.

IV. On the Enchanted Ground
A. The pilgrims enter a country in which the air makes them drowsy.

B. Hopeful suggests that they sleep, and Christian responds that if they sleep they may die.

C. Christian reminds Hopeful that the shepherds had warned them against sleeping on Enchanted Ground, and he admonishes him to have self-control.

D. Hopeful is thankful for Christian's company, without which he may have died.

E. The pilgrims decide to speak of spiritual things in order to shake off their drowsiness.

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