The Pilgrim's Progress Themes

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Faith Alone

The pilgrims seeking salvation follow a strict Calvinist religious philosophy. This philosophy argues that no one reaches Heaven through the systematic practice of religion or the general good nature of his or her character. Instead, people are specifically chosen by God and are marked by him in order to gain admission to Heaven. All other paths are useless in attaining salvation and God must bless one personally, usually with visions or revelations, in order to receive entry, according to this philosophy.

Christian and his family are given clear signs that they should go on a pilgrimage. This includes an actual certificate of admission given to Christiana by a Heavenly messenger. Mercy, who chooses to accompany them, is unsure if she will be allowed to go on the pilgrimage because she has not been invited. She is very worried because she has not had any personal revelations or...

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