Nathaniel Hawthorne – Why trudge those weary miles to the Celestial City? The way is now new and improved! Take the train and put your burden in the baggage cart: no need to carry it all the way to the cross. But wait! What of the end? This allegory written by Nathaniel Hawthorne in the mid 1800’s is based on Pilgrims Progress, but showing the way as liberal theologians of his day (and today) try to make it appear.