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Grace and Responsibility: A Wesleyan Theology for Today

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A distinguished thinker ponders the meaning of Wesley's theology.

John B. Cobb, Jr., draws on the historical, critical, and literary work that has characterized Wesley studies in recent years, but moves beyond them to propose one way of reconstructing and reappropriating essential elements of Wesley's thought in service of the church's life and mission.

This first effort at constructive Wesleyan theology to appear in United ...

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Overview

A distinguished thinker ponders the meaning of Wesley's theology.

John B. Cobb, Jr., draws on the historical, critical, and literary work that has characterized Wesley studies in recent years, but moves beyond them to propose one way of reconstructing and reappropriating essential elements of Wesley's thought in service of the church's life and mission.

This first effort at constructive Wesleyan theology to appear in United Methodist circles since the formation of the denomination in 1868 draws on the historical and literary work that has characterized Wesley studies in recent years. However, it moves beyond them to propose a way of reconstructing essential elements of Wesley's thought in service of the life and mission of United Methodists today.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687007691
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1995
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

John received his Ph.D from the University of Chicago and has served on the faculties of Candler School of Theology and the School of Theology at Claremont. He is an ordained United Methodist elder and lives in Claremont, CA.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Ch. 1 Making Connections
Where We Begin 15
Grace and Responsibility 21
Broadening "Salvation" 26
Ch. 2 God and the World
Grace and Freedom: The Problem 35
The Holy Spirit 41
Enthusiasm and Mysticism 45
God's Presence in the World 50
Ch. 3 Love and Faith
The Centrality of Love 57
A Critique of Wesley's Doctrine of Love 61
Faith as "The Evidence of Things Unseen" 68
A Critique of Wesley's Doctrine of Faith 71
Ch. 4 The Way of Salvation, I: God's Pardon
Wesley as a Reformation Thinker 77
Human Sinfulness 79
Justification 84
Assurance 89
Ch. 5 The Way of Salvation, II: God's Transformative Work
The New Birth 97
Sanctification 100
Perfect Love 107
Ch. 6 The Role of Law
The Importance of the Law 115
Contemporary Disintegration 122
Wesleyan Renewal 125
Ch. 7 Openness to Difference
The Essentials of Christianity 135
The Essence of Methodism 139
Religious Pluralism 145
Wesleyans and Religious Pluralism Today 150
Ch. 8 The Wesleyan Quadrilateral
Theological Method 155
Tradition 156
Embodying the Quadrilateral 159
Scripture and Reason 162
Scripture and Experience 170
Ordering the Authority of Scripture, Reason, and Experience 172
Postscript 177
Abbreviations 179
Notes 181
Index 191
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