RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
Research and Articles
'The Internet and Contemporary Evangelical Reception of The Pilgrim's Progress' Bunyan Studies, 24, 2020
In this article I examine the range of American evangelical expression laying claim to The Pilgrim's Progress as a spiritual classic across the internet.
Do Bible Studies and Devotionals devoted to The Pilgrim's Progress fall into bibliolatry, worshipping an idol of a book rather than the God to whom they ought to point?
MISSIONARY USE OF THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS IN A POST-SECULAR WEST
The Pilgrim's Progress is far less significant than its heyday of missionary translations of the nineteenth century, yet it still has a lingering evangelistic presence. I look at a book and a movie as exhibits of this phenomenon, asking if their representation of the Vanity Fair episode fits current holistic gospel concerns
REPRESENTING WOMEN IN ADAPTATIONS OF THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
Exploring text, illustrations and even songs, I ask how women are represented in adaptations of The Pilgrim's Progress, and how it fits in with Jesus' recognition of women. Full PDF of EMS Occasional Bulletin Spring 2020.
GRAPHIC NOVELS OF THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
I examine contemporary comics and graphic novel adaptations of The Pilgrim's Progress from Marvel stock to individual creativity self-published. Does illustration subvert Bunyan's emphasis on the Word?
Proposals in Planning or Under Review
The Pilgrim's Progress: Annotated with Biblical and Theological Commentary;
Christian Doctrine Through The Pilgrim's Progress;
John Bunyan's Christian Imagination: Race and Contemporary Reception;
A Spiritual Classic for a Selfie World: Learning Discipleship Through a Theology of Adaptation;
SINGING THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
writing in progress
Bunyan's gathered church in Bedford did not go in for congregational singing. However, The Pilgrim's Progress is full of song. This article draws on theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer's concept of the 'polyphony of life' to critically examine contemporary Christian albums recorded on the book, including Jim Winder, The World in Lights, and The Neal Morse Band.
MARRIAGE AND THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS
writing in progress
A book that famously begins with a husband and father abandoning his family seems hardly promising for reflection upon the good of marriage. But not only does Bunyan quickly edit his text in a third edition (1679), but he also makes room for marriage in Part Two (1684). And contemporary reception has continued that trajectory with an adaptation for married couples. What does The Pilgrim's Progress have to teach on marriage?