Abstracts of Papers Presented at this Year’s Wesleyan Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 23 November 2011 10:07 am

Members and friends of the Australasian Centre for Wesleyan Research may be interested in the following list of abstracts of papers presented at this year’s Wesleyan Studies Group at the American Academy of Religion.\r\n\r\nTheme: Eschatology in Wesleyan and Methodist Traditions\r\n\r\nHow should the spiritual descendants of John and Charles Wesley think about the Christian hope? What do Wesleyan and Methodist folk mean when they affirm the traditional language of the Apostles’ Creed that Jesus “will come to judge the quick and the dead”? What might this have to do with Wesleyan movements for social justice and social reform? The papers to be presented in this session will explore the connections between Christological affirmations, eschatological expectations, and efforts at concrete social reform in Wesleyan and Methodist theological traditions.\r\n\r\nResurrection and Reform: Christological Eschatology in the Wesleyan Tradition\r\n\r\nThe purpose of this paper is to clarify the connection between eschatology and Christology for Wesleyan/Methodist dogmatics, with special reference to its implications for social praxis. Our thesis is that a Christologically-shaped eschatology provides a theological vision to warrant and sustain Wesleyan efforts for social reform.\r\n\r\nJesus Christ in his resurrection holds together the dialectic of continuity and change that conditions both eschatological thinking and social acting. We develop this thesis by examining three theological texts from different periods in the history of Methodism: Charles Wesley’s Hymns for Our Lord’s Resurrection (1746), William Burt Pope’s A Compendium of Christian Theology (1875), and Daniel Thambyrajah Niles’ Who is this Jesus? (1968). We conclude by urging Wesleyan/Methodist theologians to pursue greater dogmatic clarity and consistency with regard to the intersection of Christology and eschatology, not as an end in itself, but in order to sustain our social praxis by explicating its operative norms.\r\n\r\nGod’s Deliverance of Animals: Future Belief and Present Challenge\r\n\r\nThis paper argues that any authentic Wesleyan and Methodist agenda of social reform must take John Wesley’s eschatological vision seriously by making a concern for non-human animals an inescapable part of its programme. As Wesley realized, eschatology is related to ethics in that once we have glimpsed the breadth of God’s redemptive purposes, we cannot see the creatures God will redeem in the same way again, whether human or other-than-human. If Wesley’s interpretation of Romans 8 is correct, the followers of Christ must reflect on what God’s future general deliverance of all creatures means for current human practices that deliver other creatures into situations of suffering. Such reflection will require those who claim to be inheritors of Wesley’s vision to be prominent among advocates for better treatment of other animals in agriculture, research, sport and beyond, and may prompt them to consider adopting Wesley’s vegetarianism.\r\n\r\nThe Creative Eschatological Tension in John Wesley’s Sermon “The General Spread of the Gospel”\r\n\r\nJohn Wesley’s 1783 sermon “The General Spread of the Gospel” presents an intriguing tension. Wesley both despaired about the state of the world and at the same time expressed a profound hope that can only be adequately characterized as eschatological; he believed that God had begun a work of renewing creation, specifically through his Methodist movement, that represented the first stirrings of a universal redemption. This tension is heightened by Wesley’s continuing and characteristic insistence upon a synergistic model of divine activity in creation; he never veered long from his conviction that the manner of God’s working was to renew and to heighten human ability (e.g., understanding, affections, liberty) rather than to annul it. A characteristically Wesleyan interpretation of eschatology must, like Wesley, maintain hope in God’s labor to redeem creation through Jesus Christ while also acknowledging that such labor neither bypasses nor cancels authentic human responsibility.\r\n\r\nThe Eschatological Significance of Work for Justice within History: A Contribution from Wesleyan Conceptions of Sanctification\r\n\r\nThis paper builds upon the eschatological insight of Jose Miguez Bonino by including a consideration of the unique contribution Wesleyan theology can make to eschatology through its understanding of sanctification. The Wesleyan conception of sanctification is fertile ground for a discussion of the eschatological significance of work for justice in history. This development of the doctrine of sanctification in relation with eschatology will also provide a fuller and social dynamic to the doctrine of sanctification itself, as this aspect of salvation would refer to social sanctification, transforming society to closer reflect the Kingdom to be consummated with Christ’s Parousia.\r\n\r\n 

Visit of Professor Ken Collins to Australia January 2012

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 15 November 2011 10:55 am

Booth College, Nazarene Theological College and The Salvation Army Training College, in conjunction with ACWR, are delighted to announce the upcoming visit of Dr Kenneth J Collins, distinguished Professor of Wesley Studies and Historical Theology at Asbury Theological Seminary, to Australia. Dr Collins will be presenting a seminar on’ The Practical Theology of John Wesley’ in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.\r\n\r\nDr Collins has lectured and taught on The Theology of John Wesley through-out the world in diverse settings from Moscow to Costa Rica and is known for his engaging, critical-thinking style. He is recognised for his exemplary teaching and is the 2008 recipient of the Professor of the Year Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning at Asbury Theological Seminary.\r\n\r\nHe has published a host of books and scores of articles exploring topics ranging from Wesleyan theology to Christian spirituality. His highly regarded book, The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace, is described as the most complete and correct account of John Wesley’s theology available.\r\n\r\nDr Collins’ lectures on the Practical Theology of John Wesley are not to be missed.\r\n\r\nMelbourne: Tuesday 24 January at the Uniting Church Centre for Theology and Ministry. For details or further information please contact   glenaobrien@gmail.com \r\n\r\nSydney: Saturday 21 January at Congress Hall Conference Centre. For details or further information please contact  enquiries@boothcollege.edu.au\r\n\r\nBrisbane: Friday 27 January at Nazarene Theological College. For details or further information please contact office@ntc.edu.au

News from the Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Tuesday 15 November 2011 9:58 am

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre:\r\n\r\nThe MWRC has recently welcomed Asbury University as its ninth partner institution. For an NCN News story regarding this new partnership, visit http://www.ncnnews.com/nphweb/html/ncn/article.jsp?sid=10000008&id=10010837.\r\n\r\nA number of MWRC Junior Fellows completed their doctorates at MWRC partner institutions during the 2010-11 academic year. See http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/junior-fellows-graduated/ to find out about their work.\r\n\r\nThe fourth volume of Wesley and Methodist Studies is shaping up well. Amongst other articles it will feature three essays from an American Academy of Religion session on ‘New Horizons and Frontiers: Evangelical Preachers and Preaching’. For further details join the WMS Facebook page or visit the WMS website.\r\n\r\nThe 2012 MWRC Annual Lecture will be given by Dr David Ceri Jones, Lecturer in History, Aberystwyth University. The preliminary title for the lecture is ‘The Elect Methodists: Rehabilitating Calvinistic Methodism’. The lecture will be on Monday 11th June at 5pm on the campus of Nazarene Theological College.\r\n\r\nThe date for the 2012 Postgraduate Colloquium has provisionally been set as Tuesday 12 June.\r\n\r\nMany of you will be subscribers to the online journal Methodist Review. MR now publishes quarterly newsletters, which are very useful for learning about news and upcoming events related to Wesley and Methodist Studies. The latest issue contains an important notice about the Methodist Archives Collection Catalogue at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. The link to the catalogue is: http://www.library.manchester.ac.uk/searchresources/guidetospecialcollections/methodist/methodistarchivescollectioncatalogue/\r\n\r\nThe Methodist Missionary Society History Project will hold in 2012 annual conference in Manchester at Luther King House from 3-4 November. The theme will be mission and inter-church and inter-faith relationships.\r\n\r\nGeordan Hammond, Director, Manchester Wesley Research Centre, Co-editor, Wesley and Methodist Studies, ww.mwrc.ac.uk

Tyndale Wesley Studies Symposium – Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 19 October 2011 8:55 am

Friends and Colleagues:\r\n\r\nThe Fourth Annual Wesley Studies Symposium will be held at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto this coming March, on Tuesday, the 13th. We are currently working on plans for this event, including schedule and presenters.  Please mark the date, and let others who may have interest know of the event.\r\n\r\nI will be in touch shortly with further information. You may contact me by email if you have questions or suggestions.\r\n\r\nBest wishes,\r\n\r\nHoward Snyder,  Professor of Wesley Studies, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Ontario\r\n\r\nNew Book: Salvation Means Creation Healed: https://wipfandstock.com/store/Salvation_Means_Creation_Healed_The_Ecology_of_Sin_and_Grace_Overcoming_the_Divorce_between_Earth_and_Heaven

Updates from the Methodist Review

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 17 October 2011 9:20 am

Readers:\r\n\r\nMethodist Review has just published two new articles in its latest issue at http://www.methodistreview.org/index.php/mr\r\n\r\nDarryl W. Stephens, “Moral Exemplar or Ethical Professional? Clergy and Sexual Sin in Methodist Church Law” (pp. 55-99)\r\n\r\nStephen W. Rankin, “Wesley and War: Guidance for Modern Day Heirs?” (pp. 101-39)\r\n\r\nWe invite you to visit our web site to review the Table of Contents of the current issue of the journal, the new articles and other items of interest.  Thanks for your continuing interest in our work.\r\n\r\nThe October 2011 issue of The Methodist Review Newsletter has just been published and is now available on the journal website at http://www.methodistreview.org/index.php/mr\r\n\r\nDr. Rex D. Matthews, Candler School of Theology,  rex.matthews@emory.edu\r\n\r\nMethodist Review Vol 3 (2011)    Table of Contents: http://www.methodistreview.org/index.php/mr/issue/view/9

Global Digital Library for Theology and Ecumenism

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 6 October 2011 9:13 am

Dear Friends\r\n\r\nI am pleased to announce that the Global Digital Library for Theology and Ecumenism was launched on 23 September. This is a project of the World Council of Churches and Global Ethics net. The library provides its members with free access to a large and growing number of theological resources (journal articles, books and dissertations) in diverse languages, including some which are only otherwise available by subscription. It also provides the opportunity for scholars to make their work available to others, institutions to make their resources available globally  and provides opportunities for combined research with colleagues around the globe.  Those who want to use it are required to register as individuals, there is however no membership fee. As the World Methodist Council representative on the project consortium I would encourage you, your institutions, colleagues and students to use and support this initiative.  You can access it at http://www.globethics.net/web/gtl\r\n\r\nKind regards\r\n\r\nDr David N. Field,\r\n\r\nCoordinator, Methodist e-Academy, Trollstrasse 10,CH-8400, Winterthur,  Switzerland

Steve Wright’s Article in The Heythrop Journal

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 9 September 2011 10:06 am

Congratulations to Steve Wright. one of our ACWR members, on the following publication in The Heythrop Journal:  “THE CREATOR SINGS: A WESLEYAN RETHINKING OF TRANSCENDENCE WITH ROBERT JENSON” http://dx.doi.org/10.1111%2Fj.1468-2265.2011.00678.x\r\n\r\nIt’s great to see one of our postgraduate members being published in a journal of this standard.

News Update from the Manchester Wesley Research Centre

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 1 September 2011 8:29 am

Dear Friends of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre,\r\n\r\nYou may be interested to know that Wesley and Methodist Studies volume 3 has now been published. Full details of the first three volumes can be found on the WMS website at: http://www.mwrc.ac.uk/wesley-and-methodist-studies\r\n\r\nSubscribing to WMS  would be a good way to support the ongoing work of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre.  Copies can be ordered via the Didsbury Press website at: http://www.didsburypress.org.uk/ If applicable, please consider encouraging colleagues and librarians at your respective institutions to subscribe to WMS.\r\n\r\nContents of vol. 3:\r\n\r\nPhilip R. Meadows, ‘Entering the Divine Embrace: Towards an Ancient-Future Wesleyan Theology of Evangelism’\r\n\r\nChristopher T. Bounds, ‘How are People Saved? The Major Views of Salvation with a Focus on Wesleyan Perspectives and their Implications’\r\n\r\nDerek Tidball, ‘”Secession is an ugly thing”: The Emergence and Development of Free Methodism in Late Twentieth-Century England’\r\n\r\nFive papers from the 2009 American Academy of Religion Session on ‘Methodism and the African Diaspora, 1738–1834’\r\n\r\nSamuel Wesley’s Letter to Mr Smith, 1696: Transcribed, Introduced, and Annotated by Arthur Alan Torpy\r\n\r\nThe volume also contains ten book reviews.\r\n\r\nBest regards,\r\nGeordan Hammond

Report on Asbury Wesley Studies Seminar

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 21 July 2011 8:38 am

Asbury Seminary and University have just finished their inaugural Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar.  This seminar has been established to develop and support academic research, writing and publication in the broad field of Wesleyan studies.  It represents Asbury Seminary and Asbury University’s recent initiative to become leading research institutions in Wesleyan Studies in the days ahead.\r\n\r\nOur first class was culturally diverse representing an international community of scholars ranging from Costa Rica to South Korea. Moreover, Latino and African-American contributions to the seminar were engaging and significant.   Topics ranged from “Moral and Spiritual Liberty in John Wesley’s Anthropology,” to “Sanctification in the German Pietist and Moravian Communities” to “John Wesley’s Liturgical Theology” and on to “John Wesley as a Theological Mentor for the AME Church.”    In the course of our work this month the seminar also considered the following topics:\r\n\r\n·        Wesley Studies as an Exercise in Critical Thinking\r\n\r\n·        Historiography and Wesleyan Studies\r\n\r\n·        How to Work Efficiently in Writing a Manuscript\r\n\r\n·        How to Use Electronic Notes in Scholarship\r\n\r\n·        Working with Publishers\r\n\r\nOur model utilizes the broad ranging faculty resources of both institutions thereby matching the appropriate faculty person with each researcher at the seminar sessions.  This has worked remarkably well and has given each session considerable depth, marked by expertise.\r\n\r\nAlso, the dinners which were  held after each seminar  created a strong sense of community among the faculty and researchers.  This was a pleasant and welcomed surprise.\r\n\r\nWe upgraded the free housing of the seminar by providing not simply a hotel room but fully furnished apartments (with kitchens, microwaves cable etc.) which many spouses, by the way, took advantage of as well.\r\n\r\nEach researcher was also provided with the following:\r\n\r\n·        A library card for both institutions with full privileges\r\n\r\n·        An electronic database in Wesleyan Studies (on CD)\r\n\r\n·        A private Study Carrel\r\n\r\n·        A Free Book\r\n\r\n·        Breakfast every day\r\n\r\n·        A telephone number (24/7) for any problem, research or otherwise\r\n\r\n·        Personal web page (including a starter bibliography) for each researcher put together by our library staff\r\n\r\n·        Ongoing assistance in the process of publication\r\n\r\nIf you would like to apply for the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar for next year you can find the information at the following address:    http://www.asburyseminary.edu/wesleyan-studies/wesleyan-studies-summer-seminar\r\n\r\nThe WSSS will meet in 2012 and 2013 in order to launch our program fully.   In co-operation with Duke Divinity School, the WSSS will not meet in 2014 but will return in odd numbered years thereafter.\r\n\r\nKenneth J. Collins, Ph.D.,  Professor of Wesley Studies and Historical Theology,  Director of the Wesleyan Studies Summer Seminar, Asbury Theological Seminary

Update – Wesley Studies Symposium – Tyndale Seminary

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 21 July 2011 8:33 am

Friends and Colleagues:\r\n\r\nHere is an update on the Tyndale Wesley Studies Symposium. I am sending this to all those who registered for the Symposium last month (March 15), and others who have expressed interest from time to time.\r\n\r\nFirst: The 2012 Wesley Studies Symposium has been scheduled for Tyndale Seminary on March 13. More information will follow. If you would like to present a paper, or have suggestions, please let me know.\r\n\r\nSecond: Four of the papers from last month’s Symposium have been posted on the Wesley Studies Page of the Tyndale Seminary website.\r\n\r\n(http://www.tyndale.ca/seminary/wesley-studies/conferences).\r\n\r\nThese are the ones posted so far:\r\n\r\nProf. David Rainey, “The Future of Wesleyan Theology with a Missional Agenda”\r\n\r\nRob Clements, “The Quest for the Historical Wesley: An Analysis of the Earliest Biographies (1791-1825)” (Paper in pdf format, and the “map” analyzing Wesley biographies in jpg format)\r\n\r\nDr. Marlon De Blasio, “Conversion, Justification, and the Experience of Grace in the Post-Aldersgate Wesley”\r\n\r\nMichael Tapper, “Assessing Social Sin: A Critical Task in Contemporary Methodism”\r\n\r\nThird, the first two volumes of the Tyndale Studies in Wesleyan History and Theology are now available for purchase online and in the Tyndale bookstore: Mercy Immense and Free: Essays on Wesley and Wesleyan Theology, by Victor Shepherd, and Yes in Christ: Wesleyan Reflections on Gospel, Mission, and Culture, by Howard Snyder.\r\n\r\nThank you for your interest in Wesleyan theology and mission. I look forward to seeing many of you at next year’s symposium.\r\n\r\nHoward A. Snyder, Professor of Wesley Studies, Tyndale Seminary, Toronto, Ontario [Professor, History & Theology of Mission, School of World Mission & Evangelism, Asbury Seminary, 1996-2006]\r\n\r\nClick Here for Howard’s Website: www.wineskins.net

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