A preacher's dream, a woman's discovery

Sometimes people who've been deprived of rights are the ones who teach us the most about persisting in the struggle for freedom. Take John Bunyan, the Baptist preacher who began writing the classic Puritan epic The Pilgrim's Progress in 1675 while in prison for his religious beliefs. Told in the form of a dream, Bunyan's allegory became a staple of instruction for people of faith for centuries. In it, a pilgrim named Christian makes a journey from darkness to light, from sin to what the Bible calls "the glorious liberty of the children of God" (Rom. 8:21).

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March 8, 1999

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