HIST 512/ARTS 512

The Puritan Literary Imagination

This course is also offered as ARTS 512

Course Description

Immerse yourself in two classics of the Christian imagination: Milton’s Paradise Lost (1667) and Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress (1678). Written just over a decade apart, these texts have profoundly shaped the modern literary and theological imagination–especially our concepts of God, Satan, sin, the fall, human nature, and paradise. Join us as we explore the artistry and doctrinal perspectives of these two seventeenth-century Puritans and encounter afresh their remarkable insights into the Christian experience.

Classes will begin with a short 20–25 minute mini-lecture introducing the key themes under discussion and providing relevant historical contexts, followed by open discussion in seminar-style format.

Dates Jul 17–Jul 21
Days & Times Mon, Tue, Wed, Thur, Fri
Format Onsite/Online
Credit Hours 1–2
Audit Hours 1



Johanna Harris

Senior Lecturer in English Literature

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There are no prerequisites for this course.

What I love about Regent is that it’s a place for people who have questions about their ordinary lives. Not just academic theological questions, but questions about what it means to live the good life or be faithful. Not just a space for heady conversations but a place to wrestle with faith and a place where they can belong.” — Vivian Lee (MATS student)