John and Charles Wesley: Selections from Their Writings and Hymns

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SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2011 - Religion - 263 pages

John and Charles Wesley provide a vision of God that beckons to anyone interested in a spiritual life.

John Wesley (1703-1791), Anglican priest, theologian and church reformer, and his brother Charles Wesley (1707-1788), one of the greatest hymn writers of all time, cofounded Methodism, a major movement of Christian renewal. Their vision of Christian discipleship included important spiritual practices that fueled the revival of the eighteenth-century Church of England. Their holistic theology/spirituality affords guidance for the contemporary spiritual seeker who yearns for greater meaning and purpose in life.

This unique presentation of the writings of these two inspiring brothers brings together some of the most essential material from their large corpus of work. While John articulated his vision of Christianity through many sermons, journals and theological treatises, Charles expressed his theology in lyrical form through some nine thousand hymns and devotional poems.

These excerpts from Charles and John Wesley, with probing facing-page commentary, will provide insight not only into the renewal of dynamic and vital Christianity, but into the struggles and concerns of all who seek to be faithful participants in God's vision of love in every age.

 

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Contents

A Brief Overview of the Wesleys Lives
4
The Wesleys Literary Output
10
The Wesleyan Legacy
22
John Wesley
29
The True God
71
Creator
77
Universal Redemption
83
The Work of Christ
89
Repentance
107
Holiness
145
The Character of Community
171
A Holistic Spirituality
179
A Eucharistic Vision
209
The Churchs Calling
227
Compassionate Action
241
Epilogue
255

Pure Unbounded Love
95

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About the author (2011)

Paul Wesley Chilcote, PhD, is academic dean and professor of historical theology and Wesleyan studies at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio. He enjoys a special relationship with Mt. Angel Abbey in Oregon as a Benedictine Oblate and is the author of many books, including Early Methodist Spirituality; Recapturing the Wesley's Vision: An Introduction to the Faith of John and Charles Wesley and John & Charles Wesley: Selections from Their Writings and Hymns-Annotated & Explained (SkyLight Paths).

Paul Wesley Chilcote is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Wesleyan Theology & Spirituality
  • Best Spiritual Practices
  • Making Disciples in the Wesleyan Tradition
  • Charles Wesley's Lyrical Theology
  • Women's Ministry Justified

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