John Wesley: His Life and Thought

John Wesley: His Life and Thought

by Timothy J. Crutcher


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What people think affects what they do, and what people do affects what they think. There is no better illustration of this adage than John Wesley, the pivotal founder of Methodism. For Wesley, thinking and living went hand in hand. John Wesley: His Life and Thought introduces readers to both Wesley's story and his beliefs. By neither leaning too much on biography nor focusing solely on theology, this book offers a balanced and accessible portrait that couches Wesley's beliefs and ideas firmly within his Life story. There are no minutiae or scholarly controversies here. This book paints in broad strokes the key events in Wesley's Life that not only influenced his thinking but also his approach to the church, the Methodist movement, and the society and world beyond. For anyone wanting a sound but Lucid introduction to Wesley and his life and work, this book should be at the top of the list. It doesn't just familiarize the reader with Wesley but paves the way for deeper study.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780834134942
Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City
Publication date: 04/28/2015
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,128,872
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Part I John Wesley's Life 13

1 Wesley's Eighteenth-Century England 15

2 Family Background and Early Life (l600s-1720) 26

3 Oxford and the Holy Club (1720-35) 33

4 Georgia, Aldersgate, and the Start of Revival (1735-39) 40

5 Development and Controversy (1739-49) 47

6 Settling In and Moving Forward (1750-69) 60

7 Leaving a Legacy (1770-91) 70

Part II John Wesley's Thought 83

8 Wesley's Theological Method 85

9 Wesley's Thoughts on God 93

10 Wesley's Thoughts on Creation and Humanity 107

11 Wesley's Thoughts on Sin 124

12 Wesley's Thoughts on Salvation (1) 134

13 Wesley's Thoughts on Salvation (2) 145

14 Wesley's Thoughts on the Church 162

Conclusion 177

Notes 181

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