The Works of John Wesley (Vol 27)
Although many of the letters of John Wesley are of value as literature-especially as crisp statements of his views or desires with little attempt at embellishment-their major importance is as a revelation of him as a man and of the...
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Although many of the letters of John Wesley are of value as literature-especially as crisp statements of his views or desires with little attempt at embellishment-their major importance is as a revelation of him as a man and of the people and events of his day, especially those linked with the Methodist movement. They furnish us, in fact, with a portrait through 70 years that is both more revealing in detail and fuller in coverage than any other source.
The correspondence presented illuminates critical developments in the Wesleyan movement in the period between 1756 and 1765, including very significant rifts between John Wesley and his brother Charles and between John Wesley and his wife Mary, Wesley's attempts to deal with radical enthusiasts and separatists (such as Thomas Maxfield) within the Methodist movement, his relationship to Greek Orthodox leader Gerasimos (Erasmus) Avlonites, and Wesley's activities related to the Seven Years War.
Ted A. Campbell (PhD., Southern Methodist University, MA., Oxford) is Associate Professor of Church History at Southern Methodist University. His research interests include Methodist history including Wesleyan studies; Pietism and movements for a "religion of the heart" in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries; Ecumenical Christian doctrine. Selected Publications: Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials (Abingdon Press); Christian Confessions: A Historical Introduction (Westminster John Knox Press); The Religion of the Heart: A Study of European Religious Life in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries (University of South Carolina Press); John Wesley and Christian Antiquity: Religious Vision and Cultural Change (Kingswood Books imprint of the Abingdon Press); Edited: Albert C. Outler as Historian and Interpreter of the Christian Tradition (volume 8 in The Albert C. Outler Library; Anderson, Indiana: Bristol Books), Wesleyan Essentials in a Multicultural Society and Charles Wesley: Life Literature and Legacy(edited with Kenneth Newport).