Perfecting Perfection

Perfecting Perfection

by Robert Webster (Editor)


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Henry D. Rack is one of the most profound historians of the Methodist movement in modern times. He has spent a lifetime researching and writing about the rise and significance of John Wesley and his Methodist followers in the eighteenth century and has also uncovered the historical significance of the Methodist Church in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Collected here in this volume are thirteen essays honoring the life and scholarship of Dr. Rack from a host of international scholars in the field. The topics range from Wesley's view of grace in the eighteenth century to the dynamic intersection of the Methodist and Tractarian movements in the nineteenth century. A bibliographical essay of Rack's most prominent publications in the field of Methodist studies is also provided. In the end, the collection of essays offered here in honor of Dr. Rack will be engaging and provocative for considering Methodist Studies in the present and future generations.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781610978491
Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
Publication date: 11/11/2015
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Robert Webster is currently Adjunct Professor of Church History and Historical Theology at Regent University (Online Division) in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and Senior Minister in the Tennessee Conference of the United Methodist Church. He is the author of Methodism and the Miraculous (2013). In addition to numerous published articles in the field of Methodist Studies, he has also coedited a special issue of the Bulletin of the John Rylands Library of Manchester (2006) devoted to the life of Charles Wesley.

Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix

Contributors xi

Introduction Robert Webster 1

1 From Arminius (d. 1609) to the Synod of Dort (1618-1619) W. Stephen Gunter 8

2 Robert Barnes and John Wesley's Reformation Heritage David Lowes Watson 29

3 The Exercise of the Presence of God: Holy Conferencing as a Means of Grace Richard P. Heitzenrater 61

4 Perfecting Plain Truth for Plain People: John Wesley's Sermons Patrick Streiff 81

5 Mission Spirituality in the Early Methodist Preachers Philip R. Meadows 103

6 Medicine on Demand: John Wesley's Enlightened Treatment of the Sick Deborah Madden 130

7 Wesley's Invisible World: Witchcraft and the Temperature of Preternatural Belief Owen Davies 147

8 John Wesley and Francis Asbury John Wigger 173

9 Echoes of Wesley on the US Southwestern Frontier: The Autobiography of William Stevenson Ted A. Campbell 189

10 "Did God Do That?": Common and Separating Factors of Eighteenth-Century Methodism and Contemporary Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal Robert Webster 208

11 The Oxford Movement and Evangelicalism: Parallels and Contrasts in Two Nineteenth-Century Movements of Religious Revival Peter B. Nockles 233

12 From The Soul of Dominic Wildthorne to the Wesleyan Guild of Divine Service: Some Methodist Responses to Anglo-Catholicism in Victorian and Edwardian England Martin Wellings 260

13 Bibliography of the Principal Published Writings of Henry Denman Rack Clive D. Field 280

Index 285

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From the Publisher

"It is so fitting that the leading British Methodist historian, Henry Rack, is being honored in this eminently readable volume that includes contributions from such key American voices as Heitzenrater, Campbell, Wigger and Watson. Broad in scope, and yet remarkably balanced in its overall composition, this collection of essays makes a splendid and engaging contribution to the field."

—Kenneth J. Collins, Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies, Director of the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar, Asbury Theological Seminary

"This is an outstanding collection of essays that is indispensable reading for all students of Methodism and the Wesleyan tradition. Many of the essays break new ground for future research; all of them are a pleasure to ponder."

—William J. Abraham, Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University

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