The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley
A leading figure in the Evangelical Revival in eighteenth-century England, John Wesley (1703-91) is the founding father of Methodism and, by extension, of the Holiness and Pentecostal movements. This Cambridge Companion offers a general, comprehensive introduction to Wesley's life and work, and to his theological and ecclesiastical legacy. Written from various disciplinary perspectives, including history, literature, theology, and religious studies, this volume will be an invaluable aid to scholars and students, including those encountering the work and thought of Wesley for the first time.
- Online resource | 322 pages
- 28 Sep 2010
- Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
- Cambridge, United Kingdom
- 3 b/w illus.
'This is a solid contribution to the Cambridge Companion series, with balanced essays covering a wide and appropriate variety of topics.' Theological Book Review 'This will appeal just as much to the general reader eager to get beyond Methodist hagiography to discover the nuances and complexities of Wesley's contribution as to the student of religious history trying to locate the Methodist movement ...' Wesley and Methodist Studies
About Randy L. Maddox
Randy L. Maddox is Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies at the Divinity School, Duke University. A leading scholar of the theology of John and Charles Wesley and of theological developments in the later Methodist or Wesleyan tradition, he is the author of Responsible Grace: John Wesley's Practical Theology and editor of Aldersgate Reconsidered and Rethinking Wesley's Theology for Contemporary Methodism. Jason E. Vickers is Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies and Director of the Center for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed, Invocation and Assent: The Making and Remaking of Trinitarian Theology, and Immersed in the Life of God: The Healing Resources of the Christian Faith.
Table of contents
Introduction Randy L. Maddox and Jason E. Vickers; Part I. Wesley's Context: 1. The long eighteenth century Jeremy Gregory; Part II. Wesley's Life: 2. Wesley's life and ministry Kenneth J. Collins; 3. Wesley in context David N. Hempton; Part III. Wesley's Work: 4. Wesley as revivalist/renewal leader Charles I. Wallace; 5. Wesley as preacher William J. Abraham; 6. Wesley as biblical interpreter Robert W. Wall; 7. Wesley as diarist and correspondent Ted A. Campbell; 8. Wesley as editor and publisher Isabel Rivers; 9. Wesley's engagement with the natural sciences Randy L. Maddox; 10. Wesley as adviser on health and healing Deborah Madden; 11. Wesley's theological emphases Jason E. Vickers; 12. Happiness, holiness, and the moral life in John Wesley Rebekah L. Miles; 13. Wesley's emphases on worship and the means of grace Karen B. Westerfield Tucker; Part IV. Wesley's Legacy: 14. Spread of Wesleyan Methodism Kenneth Cracknell; 15. The Holiness/Pentecostal/charismatic extension of the Wesleyan tradition Randall J. Stephens; 16. The African-American wing of the Wesleyan tradition Dennis C. Dickerson; 17. Current debates over Wesley's legacy among his progeny Sarah H. Lancaster.