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|1.||From Oxford Don to Open-Air Preacher||3|
|2.||'Kingdoms on a Blaze'||25|
|3.||Understanding Wesley's Thought||42|
|4.||The Collision with Calvinism||56|
|Part 2||Men Who Followed|
|6.||William Bramwell: Friendship with God||107|
|7.||Gideon Ouseley: Methodism in Ireland||137|
|8.||Thomas Collins: the Spirit of English Methodism||178|
|Part 3||Against Unquestioning Following|
|Part 4||Methodism, with and without the Holy Spirit|
|11.||The Holy Spirit and Scripture||249|
Posted October 7, 2003
Iain H. Murray adds his voice to the abundance of biographical material made available this year, the 300th anniversary of Wesley's birth. This reviewer recommends Murray's biography over Roy Hattersley's 'A Brand Plucked From the Burning'---which though certainly well-written and accurately researched, presents the facts in a negative tone that often paints an unfairly harsh picture of Wesley---but Murray does not come close to the readability of John Pollock's popular biography. However, it should be noted that Murray is writing not so much to introduce the reader to Wesley as he is to contrast Wesley's belief with modern interpretations of Wesley, Methodism and Christianity in general, in order to represent the Christian perspective as opposed to the current trend toward unbelief (or wrong belief) so dominant in much of today's thought, even in Christian circles. Murray's goal appears to be the same as that of Kenneth Collins in his book 'John Wesley A Theological Journey', which is to present a detailed analysis of Wesley's own beliefs and the beliefs of those who came after him in order to show the inaccuracy of many modern interpretations of Wesleyan doctrine. Murray has both a sharp intellect and a heart for God, and both of these qualities come through in his writing.
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Posted April 19, 2010
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