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For students and general readers this book illuminates the vital balance the Wesleys found in Christian teaching that overcomes the often mutually exclusive options presented in other theological ...
For students and general readers this book illuminates the vital balance the Wesleys found in Christian teaching that overcomes the often mutually exclusive options presented in other theological traditions. Chilcote shows that such a synthetic faith is not boring or irrelevant but transforming and life-giving, bringing together faith and works, Word and Spirit, the personal and the social, the head and the heart, mission and service.
Posted March 11, 2010
Paul Chilcote has given us an excellent look at the vision that the Wesley's had when they began to preach in the 18th century.
He has been able to recover the both/and in the theologies of John and Charles Wesley. In other words, there are many places in which Wesley keeps differing concepts in tension, but holds them together. This tension or both/and is what makes Wesley unique and so deep as a theologian who has a lot to say about our theological thinking today.
So often in the past Wesley has been explored to find only one of the poles and written as if he were only thinking about one, rather than doing the work necessary to find that Wesley realy is holding concepts in tension and a creative tension at that.
This is a solid work that should be kept close at hand for the scholar.
J. Robert Ewbank, author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"