The Holy War: Made by King Shaddai Upon Diabolus to Regain the Metropolis of The World...or The Losing and Taking Again of The Town of Mansoul Complete and Unabrid

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CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 31 бер. 2018 р. - 168 стор.
The Holy War is an allegorical story which describes a conflict raging in the town of Mansoul - "Man's Soul" - as a consequence of the townspeople being deceived into casting off the benevolent and just rule of its king, Shaddai.

A lively and deep narration, The Holy War is at its core a discussion of man's fallibility when faced with temptation and the deceptions of evil doers. Diabolus, who is the story's representation of Satan, is seen to win certain figures to his cause through lies delivered with silky, ruinous speechcraft. Various emotions, virtues and attributes of humankind receive characterization, as we witness Mansoul's plight ensue and wonder whether the town will survive.

John Bunyan was a religious scholar who held the Bible and other ancient, holy texts in the greatest regard. This story's narrative frequently corresponds to events depicted in the Biblical Old Testament; man's fall and redemption through God form the essence of The Holy War. Today, this story is considered an early classic of Christian literature.

Unlike other, abridged editions, this version of The Holy War retains the introductory poem penned by Bunyan, together with a short preface. The updates to the English are adapted from an edition published in 1907, which strove to preserve the expressions and poignant, literary depth of the original prose.

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A vivid allegory for the Christian life, from the Fall of Man through to being conquered for Christ, the backsliding and lukewarmness, and the repentance and holy zeal. I especially liked how Bunyan ... Читати огляд повністю

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This was an interesting piece of work, no doubt, but I don't feel that the novel has held up well against the toils of time. The writing was a bit dense and archaic and the plotline, atlhough based on ... Читати огляд повністю

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John Bunyan was born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, England, in 1628. He learned to read and write at the village school and was prepared to follow his father's trade as a brazier when the English Civil War broke out in 1644 and he was drafted into the Parliamentary army. His military service brought him into contact with Oliver Cromwell's Puritan troops. Beginning in 1648, Bunyan suffered a crisis in religious faith that lasted for several years. He turned to the Nonconformist church in Bedford to sustain him during this period. His first writings were attacks against the Quakers. Then Charles II was restored to the throne and Bunyan was arrested for conducting services not in accordance with the Church of England. He spent 12 years in jail. During this time, he wrote his autobiography, Grace Abounding, in which he described his spiritual struggle and growth. During his last years in prison, Bunyan began his most famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress, a two-part allegorical tale of the character Christian and his journey to salvation. Part I was published in 1678 and Part II in 1684. The second part deals with the spiritual journey of Christian's wife and sons, as they follow in his footsteps. With its elements of the folktale tradition, The Pilgrim's Progress became popular immediately. Well into the nineteenth century it was a book known to almost every reader in England and New England, second in importance only to the Bible. So great was the book's influence that it even plays a major role in Little Woman by Louisa May Alcott. Such expressions as "the slough of despond" and "vanity fair" have become part of the English language. Bunyan's other works include The Life and Death of Mr. Badman and The Holy War. He also wrote A Book for Boys and Girls, verses on religious faith for children. Bunyan died in London on August 31, 1688.

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