How’s everyone doing so far? Have you finished Part One? Are you halfway through Part 2 like I should be? Hope you have enjoyed the story so far no matter where you’re at!
I’m going to be perfectly honest and tell you that I got completely lost and kind of stumbled my way through a good chunk of this section. This is evidenced by the lack of sticky notes on several pages! I was going to say something like, ‘There were a number of deep conversations in this section’, but this whole book has been full of deep conversations. I’m afraid I don’t have the time to touch on all of them, but I will visit one that impressed me the most (from what I remember).
The conversation that begins with Christian asking Ignorance how it stands between God and his soul now was really good, in my opinion. The discussion about what constitutes good thoughts and a good heart is one that hasn’t much changed over the years. Ignorance insists that since it’s his heart that tells him his philosophies are correct, they must be so. Christian counters that by saying that if one’s thoughts about self and God aren’t in harmony with the Bible then they are incorrect. This turns theologically deep pretty quickly and we get a better sense of the meaning of Ignorance’s name. I think Bunyan is trying to demonstrate the faith of one who is ignorant of what true faith is and how one’s theology must harmonize completely with the Word otherwise one’s faith is, as Christian describes, fantastical. I like how Christian literally lists out the defects of Ignorances faith. I like lists so I’m drawn to every single one in this book!
I’m not going to go into detail about this whole conversation but I will say that I have several lines underlined and marked for revisitation.
I’ve probably said it before, but I’ll say once more: I am having a hard time commenting on this book! It’s just soooooooooooooooooo dense!
So I’m going to leave it at that. I know, super lame. I do apologize! It’s 2:45 am and I promised myself I wouldn’t let myself go to bed until I typed up something resembling a check-in!!!
What did you all think of this last part of Part One? What conversation sparked your interest? Did anything make you question your theologies or philosophies on life and God?
Are you having as hard a time as I in forming comments? Heheheee! Don’t sweat it! I’m sure you’re getting along just fine :D.
Happy reading! :)