Theology of John Wesley Holy Love and the Shape of Grace

ISBN-10: 0687646332

ISBN-13: 9780687646333

Edition: 2007

Authors: Kenneth J. Collins

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A rich articulation of John Wesley's theology that is appreciative of the old and mindful of the new, faithful to the past and attentive to the present. This work carefully displays John Wesley's eighteenth century theology in its own distinct historical and social location, butthen transitions to the twenty-first century through the introduction of contemporary issues. So conceived, thebook is both historical and constructivedemonstrating that the theology of Wesley represents a vibrant tradition. Cognizant of Wesley's own preferred vocabulary, Collins introduces Wesley's theological methodbeginning with a discussion of the doctrine of God. "In this insightful exposition the leitmotif of holy love arises out of Wesley's reflection on the nature of the divine being as well as other major doctrines." (Douglas Meeks)
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List price: $38.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 8/1/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 423
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

Kenneth J. Collins (Ph.D., Drew University) is professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has published several books including The Theology of John Wesley (Abingdon, 2007), The Evangelical Moment (Baker, 2005) and John Wesley: A Theological Journey (Abingdon, 2003).

Introduction: John Wesley's Practical Divinity: A Theology of Holy Love
John Wesley as a Practical Theologian
The Style of Wesley's Practical Theology
The Axial Theme of Wesley's Practical Theology
The Axial Theme of Holiness and Grace
Holiness as Holy Love: The First Half of the Axial Theme
Law and Grace
Grace: The Other Half of the Axial Theme
Work of God Alone/Synergism
The Flow of the Book
The God of Holy Love
The Personal and Essential Attributes of God
Holy Love
The Essential Attributes and Predestination
The Work of God/Father
The Moral Law
Providential Provider
Summary of the Attributes
Today and Tomorrow: Recent Trends in Cosmology
Humanity: Created in Holy Love, Fallen in Nature
Humanity Created as Complex Beings
The Image of God
The Fall of Humanity
The Effects of the Fall
Original Sin
How Original Sin Is Transferred
The Consequences of Original Sin
Total Depravity
Prevenient Grace
The Benefits of Prevenient Grace
Today and Tomorrow: Contemporary Views of the Self
Jesus Christ: The God of Holy Love Revealed
The Person of Christ
The Divine Nature
The Human Nature
The Work of Christ
Objective Elements
Subjective Elements
Today and Tomorrow: The Christ of the Qur'an
The Holy Spirit: The Presence of the God of Holy Love
Administrator of Redemption
Convincing Grace
The Moral Law
The Presence of the Spirit as Holy Love
The Gifts and Fruit of the Spirit
The Assurance of the Holy Spirit
Assurance Nuanced
The Full Assurance of Faith
The Question of a Specialized Vocabulary
The Full Assurance of Hope
The Perceptibility of Grace
The Trinity
The Filioque Clause
Wesley on Trinitarian Language
The Trinity and the Language of Holy Love
Today and Tomorrow: The Rise of Pentecostal Religion
Justification: The God of Holy Love for Us
Co-operant Grace (Catholic Emphasis)
Works Suitable for Repentance
The Necessity of Repentance and Works Suitable Thereto
Free Grace (Protestant Emphasis)
Justifying Faith
Justification Itself: The First Focus of the Wesleyan Order of Salvation
Justification as Freedom from Guilt: The First Liberty of the Gospel
The Question of Sola Fide
Justification and Regeneration Are Linked
The Difference between Acceptance and Justification
Temporal Elements as the Key
Today and Tomorrow: The Realities of Forgiveness
The New Birth: The God of Holy Love in Us
Regenerating Grace as the Favor of God
Regenerating Grace as the Power of God
The Contribution of Peter Bohler
Defining Regeneration
The New Birth as a Necessary Change
The New Birth as a Vast Change
The Influence of German Pietism
The New Birth as a Crucial Change
The Contribution of August Hermann Francke
The Temporal Elements as Key
The New Birth as Liberating Change: The Second Liberty of the Gospel
Did Wesley Maintain His Standard of the New Birth?
The New Birth as the Freedom to Love God and Neighbor
Today and Tomorrow: Conversion Revisited
The Church and the Means of Grace: The Community of Holy Love
The Church
The Church in Decline
Methodism as a Reform of the Church
The Significance of German Pietism and Moravianism
The Methodist Infrastructure
The Practical Christian Life
The Means of Grace
The Instituted Means of Grace
The Sacrament of the Lord's Supper
The Sacrament of Baptism
Prudential Means of Grace
Works of Mercy
Today and Tomorrow: What Are They Thinking about Natural Law and Politics?
Entire Sanctification: The Purity and Excellence of Holy Love
Evangelical Repentance
Works Suitable for Repentance
The Balance of Wesley's Conception of Grace
The Temporal Dimensions of Entire Sanctification
Entire Sanctification Itself: The Second Focus of the Wesleyan Order of Salvation
What Entire Sanctification Is Not
What Entire Sanctification Is: The Third Liberty of the Gospel
The Full Assurance of Faith
Pastoral Considerations on the Way to Eternity
Today and Tomorrow: Rethinking the Wesleyan Ordo Salutis?
Eschatology and Glorification: The Triumph of Holy Love
Revivalism and Millennialism
Eschatology and the Reign of God
The Intermediate State
Resurrection and Judgment
Final Justification
The Question of Merit
The New Creation
Today and Tomorrow: John Wesley's Practical Theology as a Resource for Discipleship and Service
Selected Bibliography
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