the teaching commonly referred to as Christian perfection. Among his many
publications, the book that best summarizes his teachings on holiness is A
Plain Account of Christian Perfection, as believed and taught by the
Reverend Mr. John Wesley, from the year 1725 to the year 1777. For many
years this timeless classic has been reproduced in various formats. Now, for
the first time, John Wesley's 'A Plain Account of Christian Perfection' is
being offered in a definitive Annotated Edition by Mark K. Olson. This
edition is volume one in a projected three volume series. The Annotated
Edition offers the following:
· The entire text has been divided into chapters and verses for detailed
study and cross-referencing.
· The introduction examines in detail when and why Wesley wrote A Plain
· The verse by verse commentary discusses the history and background behind
the text, offering unsurpassed explanation of Wesley's doctrine of perfect
· Five end notes address Wesley's early doctrinal development, the impact of
Aldersgate on his perfection doctrine, many testimonies of attaining
perfection, and other relevant material from early Methodism.
· Over 150 quotations from Wesley's sermons, writings, and letters offer
unlimited clarification to his views on perfection.
· The insights of many Wesley scholars are included: Albert Outler, Randy
Maddox, Kenneth Collins, William Greathouse, Thomas Oden, Harold Lindstrom,
Stephen Gunter, H. Ray Dunning, Theodore Runyon, plus many others.
· A timeline details every event in Wesley's lifetime corresponding to A
· Several exhaustive indexes are included: scripture, annotation, subject,
author, Wesley quotations, and two synonym indexes from Wesley's Journal and
A Plain Account.
· The Essential Reading Section further empowers the study of Wesley's
theology of perfection. Included are:
o Twenty key sermons, along with their dates and locations in Wesley's Works
(both the Jackson and Bicentennial editions).
o Wesley's most important writings on perfection, listing their date and
location in his Works.
o 250 letters relevant to his theology of perfection. The index includes
their date and location in Wesley's Works, with a brief description of their
Two additional volumes are planned in the series. John Wesley's Theology of
Perfection will offer specialized studies for those wanting to dig deeper
into Wesley's theology of perfection. The third volume, John Wesley's
Doctrine of Christian Perfection, will present in systematic format every
facet of Wesley's views on perfection. The projected release for both
volumes is 2006 and 2007. Together, these three volumes will present one of
the most thorough and exhaustive studies ever done on Wesley's most beloved,
yet, most controversial doctrine.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
After spending 20 years researching Wesley this book offers a wealth of information: The Introduction covers when and why Wesley wrote, offering historical context Entire text is divided into chapters and verses for detailed study and cross-referencing Verse by verse commentary details the history, meaning & background behind the text and offers unsurpassed clarification of Wesley¿s doctrine of perfect love The annotations include over 150 quotations from Wesley¿s sermons, letters, journal & writings, plus the insights of the very best in Wesley scholarship The exhaustive resource section includes: timeline, scripture, annotation, subject, two synonym collections, essential reading section, & listing of letters. Plus! Five end note background studies.
This book is a definite must have for those who want to understand either John Wesley or his idea of Christian Perfection or both better. Reverend Olson treats this book with the care that it deserves and brings a deeper and clearer understanding to a subject that has been sadly misunderstood by many. For both the serious scholar as well as the casual reader this book is full of important information and revelations that helps the reader truly come to understand the positions that Wesley took. John Wesley has been a man embraced by many traditions and Rev. Olson helps us to understand more clearly just how Wesley's ministry affected modern Christianity as well as how he was affected by those who he related to throughout his life. And how those relationships as well as his understanding of his relationship with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ helped to form a view of theology that would impact the world for generations to come. Do not miss making this book a part of your Wesley collection. If you want to understand Wesley better get this book. If you want to understand your faith better get this book. If fact just get this book you will not be disappointed.