Conversion in the Wesleyan Tradition

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This new collection of essays explores the subject of conversion in the Wesleyan tradition from biblical, historical, theological, and practical points of view. Written by leading Wesleyan scholars, the essays reinvoke the notion of conversion as an identifiable experience in the Christian's life. The contributors, drawn from a diversity of backgrounds, rightly call for a much needed, and inclusive, balance: process and instantaneousness, nurture and regeneration, holy living and vibrant faith. The recovery of ...
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Overview

This new collection of essays explores the subject of conversion in the Wesleyan tradition from biblical, historical, theological, and practical points of view. Written by leading Wesleyan scholars, the essays reinvoke the notion of conversion as an identifiable experience in the Christian's life. The contributors, drawn from a diversity of backgrounds, rightly call for a much needed, and inclusive, balance: process and instantaneousness, nurture and regeneration, holy living and vibrant faith. The recovery of conversion as an illuminating paradigm of saving grace promises both renewal and revitalization in the Wesleyan tradition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687091072
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 300
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

John H. Tyson is senior pastor of Hay Street United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Dr. Tyson is active in his home conference where he has pastored multi-point charges and churches in rural, urban, and suburban settings.

Kenneth J. Collins is Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky, and an elder in the Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church. He also teaches at the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary in Estonia, and is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Wesley Historical Society, and Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is the author of A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley, The Scripture Way of Salvation: The Heart of John Wesley's Theology, co-editor of Conversion in the Wesleyan Tradition, and John Wesley: A Theological Journey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Conversion in the Wesleyan Tradition 9
1 John Wesley's Conversion at Aldersgate 27
2 The Transformation of the Human Heart: The Place of Conversion in Wesley's Theology 43
3 John Wesley and the Fear of Death as a Standard of Conversion 56
4 A Real Christian Is an Abolitionist: Conversion and Antislavery Activism in Early American Methodism 69
5 Conversion and Sanctification in Nineteenth-century African American Wesleyan Women 83
6 "To Turn from Darkness to Light" (Acts 26:18): Conversion in the Narrative of Luke-Acts 103
7 New Creation or New Birth? Conversion in the Johannine and Pauline Literature 119
8 A Mutuality Model of Conversion 145
9 Conversion and Baptism in Wesleyan Spirituality 160
10 The Epistemology of Conversion: Is There Something New? 175
11 Conversion: Possibility and Expectation 195
12 From the "Works of the Flesh" to the "Fruit of the Spirit": Conversion and Spiritual Formation in the Wesleyan Tradition 211
13 Embodying Conversion 223
Conclusion: Suddenly a Light from Heaven 240
Abbreviations 251
Notes 253
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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    a good solid read

    Normally I stray away from books that are written by a group of authors. In this case I would have missed a good book had I done so. Of course about the only reason that I started the book was because it was about John Wesley, Methodism etc...

    Kenneth J. collis and John H. Tyson have done a good job of gathering authors to write about conversion in the Wesleyan tradition. I read all of it and enjoyed it.

    The book certainly is out of and for the Wesleyan tradition and is enlightening. It is the kind of book I am happy to have in my library.

    J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'isms'"

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