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Pilgrim's Progress, John Bunyan, communication


In this discussion of The Pilgrim’s Progress, three main areas will be explored as ways to show why this book is so worthy of communication study and why it has endured for so long. The first area will be a deeper exploration of the book’s historical background and contemporary role at the end of the 17th century. For the second point, the cultural, social, literary, and communication effects will be examined, reinforcing the concept that the book’s impact was especially substantial in American history. Finally is an argument listing the reasons why a communication scholar should study The Pilgrim’s Progress. Again, these major points together will enable communication scholars to see the centuries-old effect this beloved book has had on communication.


Paper presented at the Faith and Communication Conference held on the campus of Campbell University in Buies Creek, North Carolina, March 23-24, 2012.