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David George Mullan

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269977

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198269978.001.0001

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The Pilgrim's Progress

The Pilgrim's Progress

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Scottish Puritanism, 1590-1638

David George Mullan

Oxford University Press

Puritanism made the notion of pilgrimage central to piety—the Christian could not expect an easy road to perfection in this world, but rather a difficult passage to the blessed estate. The journey included mortification—putting to death the old Adam and his sinful predilections; suffering—including persecution for maintaining the truth of the gospel; and of course death, which both repelled and sometimes attracted those weary of this sinful world. Self‐examination was a crucial element in any progress one might make toward heaven, and this might entail the keeping of diaries, as did both clergy and laity. Presbyterianism recoiled from the notion of the gathered church, and yet this piety also pushed many Puritans in a sectarian direction, though Separatism and Independency never attained the same appeal in Scotland as in England.

Keywords:   death, mortification, piety, pilgrimage, self‐examination

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