Wesley (Guides For The Perplexed Series)
'Vickers is to be commended for producing a synoptic vision of John Wesley's thought that is not just a great introduction for beginners but offers important new insights for those who have been studying Wesley for some time. He grounds...
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'Vickers is to be commended for producing a synoptic vision of John Wesley's thought that is not just a great introduction for beginners but offers important new insights for those who have been studying Wesley for some time. He grounds Wesley in the particularity of eighteenth-century establishment Anglicanism, and uses this grounding to sketch a broad coherence among Wesley's ecclesiastical, political, and theological commitments. His central thesis is a landmark for future studies of these issues.'
^ ^Randy L. Maddox, Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, Duke Divinity School, USA
Arguably the most significant religious figure in eighteenth century England, John Wesley presents a variety of challenges for students. As anyone familiar with both the stereotypes and the scholarship related to Wesley knows, tricky interpretive question
John Wesley is one of the most enigmatic religious figures in the eighteenth century, this Guide for the Perplexed will identify some of the key factors contributing to this perplexity and aid students in their understanding. >
As anyone familiar with both the stereotypes and the scholarship related to Wesley knows, tricky interpretive questions abound: was Wesley a conservative, high church Tory or a revolutionary protodemocrat or proto-Marxist? Was he a modern rationalist obsessed with the epistemology of religious belief or a late medieval style thinker who believed in demonic possession and supernatural healing? Was Wesley primarily a pragmatic evangelist or a serious theologian committed to the long-haul work of catechesis, initiation, and formation?
Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexedsheds new light on Wesley's life and teaching, and aims to help students understand this enigmatic figure.
Jason E. Vickers (Ph.D., Southern Methodist University) is associate professor of theology and Wesleyan studies at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, coeditor of Canonical Theism (Eerdmans), and the author of Wesley: A.Guide for the Perplexed and Invocation and Assent: The Making and the Remaking of Trinitarian Theology.
- Introduction: "the Elusive Mr. Wesley"; Part I. Context, Life And Politics; 1. English Church And Society In The Long Eighteenth Century; 2. Wesley's Life: Myths And Realities; 3. Wesley's Politics: Jacobite, Dissenting Revolutionary, Or High Church Tory?; Part Ii. Beliefs; Reason; Scripture; God; Salvation; Perfection; Part Iii. Practices; Preaching, Evangelism And The Revival; Catechesis, Education And Publishing; Sacraments, Ordination And Schism; Divine Healing And Demon Exorcism; Social And Ethical Practices; Conclusion: John Wesley's Influence Today.