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The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley


Part of Cambridge Companions to Religion

Randy L. Maddox, Jason E. Vickers, Jeremy Gregory, Kenneth J. Collins, David N. Hempton, Charles I. Wallace, William J. Abraham, Robert W. Wall, Ted A. Campbell, Isabel Rivers, Deborah Madden, Rebekah L. Miles, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Kenneth Cracknell, Randall J. Stephens, Dennis C. Dickerson, Sarah H. Lancaster
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  • Date Published: November 2009
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521886536


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  • A leading figure in the Evangelical Revival in eighteenth-century England, John Wesley (1703–1791) 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.

    • A multi-disciplinary, comprehensive introduction to the life, work and legacy of John Wesley
    • The best one-volume introduction to the founder of the worldwide Methodist movement
    • Must-reading for anyone interested in eighteenth century English religious life, the Evangelical Revival, or the history of Methodism, the Holiness movement, and Pentecostalism
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    • Winner of the 2010 Smith-Wynkoop Book Award presented by the Wesleyan Theological Society

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    "...excellent collection of essays....Edited and written by a stellar cast of scholars these essays provide a comprehensive introduction to Wesley and to the movements to which his teachings gave birth." --Choice

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521886536
    • length: 366 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • 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.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Methodist History
    • Mission of the Church in the Contemporary World
    • Seminar in Contemporary Methodist Studies
    • The History of the United Methodist Tradition
    • Theology in the United Methodist Tradition
    • Theology of John Wesley
    • United Methodist History
  • Editors

    Randy L. Maddox, Duke University, North Carolina
    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, United Theological Seminary, Trotwood, Ohio
    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.


    Randy L. Maddox, Jason E. Vickers, Jeremy Gregory, Kenneth J. Collins, David N. Hempton, Charles I. Wallace, William J. Abraham, Robert W. Wall, Ted A. Campbell, Isabel Rivers, Deborah Madden, Rebekah L. Miles, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Kenneth Cracknell, Randall J. Stephens, Dennis C. Dickerson, Sarah H. Lancaster

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