Upcoming Meeting of the Charles Wesley Society

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Monday 28 February 2011 8:38 am

Celebrating Charles Wesley and Frank Baker\r\n\r\nJune 22–24, 2011\r\n\r\nCo-sponsored by The Charles Wesley Society and The Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition Duke Divinity School\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThis gathering at Duke Divinity School constitutes the Twenty-second Annual Meeting of The Charles Wesley Society. It will include presentations on several aspects of the writings and life of Charles Wesley. It has been designed to commemorate as well Frank Baker, one of the most eminent twentieth-century scholars of John and Charles Wesley, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of Baker’s birth and the 50th anniversary of his arrival at Duke University in 1961. Several of the sessions will highlight Dr. Baker’s contribution to Wesley Studies, and a special banquet will be held in his honor on the evening of Thursday, June 23. Among Baker’s doctoral students who will be in attendance to provide reflections on his life and work are Paul Chilcote, Steve Harper, Richard Heitzenrater, Charles Wallace, and David Lowes Watson.\r\n\r\nYou can find more details, and register, at this link:  http://divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/cswt/educational-outreach/wesley-baker

New Web Resources from Duke Divinity School

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Friday 18 February 2011 8:42 am

Dr Randy Maddox has let us know that  there are two new Wesley/Methodist Studies research resources recently added to the website of the Center for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition at Duke Divinity school.\r\n\r\nThe first resource is a register of John Wesley’s preaching, listing every occasion for which we have any record of the biblical text on which he was preaching. This register is the result of many years of work by Wanda Willard Smith, who served as faculty secretary to Albert Outler from 1963 until his death. The register is over 400 pages long, available in a fully searchable pdf format. It is an invaluable resource for deepening one’s understanding of Wesley’s preaching. It can be accessed here:  http://www.divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/cswt/research-resources/register\r\n\r\nThe second resource is an annotated list of the contents of the twenty-volume run of the Arminian Magazine, prepared by W. Stephen Gunter. It provides a very helpful overview and sense of the emphases of this earliest Methodist magazine. It can be accessed here:  http://www.divinity.duke.edu/initiatives-centers/cswt/research-resources/methodist-studies-resources

Duke’s Wesley Seminar

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Thursday 10 February 2011 8:38 am

We are pleased to note that Glen O’Brien has just received news of his acceptance into Duke’s Summer Wesley Seminar later this year. He plans to work on a project on “John Wesley and the American Revolution” and we look forward to learning about the fruits of his research.

New Book on Wesley

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 9 February 2011 4:28 pm

Paternoster has just published this month a new book on Wesley in the Studies in Evangelical History and Thought series. It is by the ACWR Director, David McEwan, and is entitled Wesley as a Pastoral Theologian: Theological Methodology in John Wesley’s Doctrine of Christian Perfection.  The book was originally due to be published in late 2009 but fell victim to the global financial crisis.\r\n\r\nHere is a brief synopsis:\r\n\r\n”During the last forty years a considerable amount of scholarly attention has been given to John Wesley’s way of doing theology. There is extensive debate within Wesleyan circles (particularly in North America) regarding the conception and utility of his theological method, usually identified as the Wesleyan quadrilateral (Scripture, reason, tradition and experience). Many claim it is a unique and fruitful model, with invaluable application for the church today.  In this book, Wesley’s theological methodology is uncovered from the perspective of his holistic vision of the God-human relationship being centred in love and defined by the qualities of trust and passion, rather than an intellectual comprehension of propositional truths about God. Accordingly, pastoral theology is much more important than academic, systematic theology for Christian experience and spiritual formation. In Wesley’s theological method Scripture, reason, community ethos and Christian experience are utilised in an interconnected dynamic network, energised by the presence of the Holy Spirit. God is clearly the sole theological authority and the elements of the system are the means he uses for communication with his people. This interconnected system is explored through an investigation of the doctrine and practice of Christian perfection as Wesley offered pastoral guidance to the people called Methodists. The Modernist approach that is focused on dissection and analysis results in the loss of this holistic, dynamic model and its reduction to either pure subjectivism or rationalism. Wesley’s theological method is in harmony with some of the developments in postmodern thought, though it is firmly anchored in the Christian tradition of the first five centuries and his own Anglican heritage. This study marries together the narrative of biography with an analysis of Wesley’s developing theological method in actual pastoral practice by examining his writings on the doctrine of Christian perfection across sixty years.”

News Update on the 2011 ACWR Conference

Posted by David McEwan | Uncategorized | Wednesday 9 February 2011 4:09 pm

Sadly, Dr. Barry Callen will no longer be able to with us for the conference because of unexpected personal circumstances. Due to the short time left before the conference begins, we have not been able to schedule a replacement keynote speaker. The conference will continue with the major theme of Open Theism, but papers are also warmly invited from scholars in other areas of Wesleyan research.