This day marks the publication of Christendom's second most important book, Pilgrim's Progress. Its writer, John Bunyan, was jailed for denouncing the Church of England as false.

American Minute with Bill Federer

February 18

Pilgrim's Progress was published FEBRUARY 18, 1678.

An allegory of a pilgrim's journey to the Celestial City, it was
written by John Bunyan, born in Bedford, England.

At age 29, Bunyan became a Baptist minister and was imprisoned for
over 12 years for preaching without a license.

While in jail, he supported his family by making shoelaces.

His book, found in nearly every colonial New England home, was the
world's best-seller for centuries.

Benjamin Franklin wrote in his Autobiography:

"From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that
came into my hands was ever laid out in books. Pleased with the
Pilgrim's Progress, my first collection was of John Bunyan's works in
separate little volumes."

Franklin continued:

"My old favorite author, Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress...has been
translated into most of the languages of Europe, and suppose it has
been more generally read than any other book, except perhaps the

In it, John Bunyan wrote:

"Christian ran thus till he came at a place somewhat ascending, and
upon that place stood a cross...

So I saw in my dream, that just as Christian came up with the cross,
his burden loosed from off his shoulders, and fell from off his

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In the mid-1660s, Bunyan wrote extensively, with only the Bible and Foxe’s Book of Martyrs at his side. In 1663, he wrote Christian Behaviour, intended as a handbook for Christian living and a response against charges of

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