A major figure in eighteenth-century Christianity, John Wesley sought to combine the essential elements of the Catholic and Evangelical traditions and to restore to the laity a vital role in church life. He began one of the most dynamic movements in the history of modern Protestantism, a movement which eventually produced the Methodist churches. This volume offers a representative selection of theological writings by Wesley and includes historically oriented introductions and footnotes which indicate Wesley's Anglican, patristic, and biblical sources.
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"An excellent primer to the thought of John Wesley. Outler covers the important issues by selecting readings that express the core of Wesley's theology."--Neil D. Anderson, Asbury College
"A major book....It consists of selections from Wesley's writings designed in their arrangement to bring out his development, along with introductions and notes."--Review of Books and Religion
"A credit to its editor....The documents are well chosen; selections representative of the wide interest and preoccupation of Wesley are given to convey a picture of the stature of the man."--Journal of Religion
"Why it took me so long to discover this outstanding anthology, I do not know. It is marked by great learning from the editor, and genuine theological contribution from Wesley."--Mark A. Noll, Wheaton College
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