Aldersgate and Athens: John Wesley and the Foundations of Christian Belief

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In his day, John Wesley offered important insights on how to obtain knowledge of God, insights that readily bear fruit in our own times. As premiere Wesleyan scholar William Abraham shows, Wesley's most famous spiritual experience is rife with philosophical significance and implications. Throughout, Abraham brings Wesley's works into fruitful conversation with some of the most important work in contemporary epistemology. Lyrically and succinctly he explores the quest for knowledge and spiritual pilgrimage that ...

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Overview

In his day, John Wesley offered important insights on how to obtain knowledge of God, insights that readily bear fruit in our own times. As premiere Wesleyan scholar William Abraham shows, Wesley's most famous spiritual experience is rife with philosophical significance and implications. Throughout, Abraham brings Wesley's works into fruitful conversation with some of the most important work in contemporary epistemology. Lyrically and succinctly he explores the quest for knowledge and spiritual pilgrimage that were central to Wesley and the Evangelical Revival of the eighteenth century. In so doing, Abraham provides a learned and eye-opening meditation upon the relationship between reason and faith.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Abraham draws fascinating lines between Aldersgate and Athens that few could have imagined existed. Priority reading for philosophers of religion."

--Jerry L. Walls, author of Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology

"This is Abraham at his best. His thought-provoking comments throughout will engage the serious reader for years to come."

--Richard P. Heitzenrater, The Divinity School, Duke University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602582460
  • Publisher: Baylor University Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2010
  • Pages: 125
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

William J. Abraham is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, and Altschuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology. His previous books include Canonical Theism: A Proposal for Theology and the Church; and Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation. He lives in Dallas, Texas.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 Faith and the Promises of God 1

Chapter 2 Faith and Personal Experience of God 23

Chapter 3 Faith and the Power of God 41

Chapter 4 Faith and Divine Revelation 61

Notes 81

Bibliography 91

Index 95

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