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Wesley A Guide for the Perplexed by Jason E. Vickers

Wesley A Guide for the Perplexed

Part of the Guides for the Perplexed Series


Wesley A Guide for the Perplexed by Jason E. Vickers

As anyone familiar with both the stereotypes and the scholarship related to Wesley knows, tricky interpretive questions abound: was Wesley a conservative, high church Tory or a revolutionary protodemocrat or proto-Marxist? Was he a modern rationalist obsessed with the epistemology of religious belief or a late medieval style thinker who believed in demonic possession and supernatural healing? Was Wesley primarily a pragmatic evangelist or a serious theologian committed to the long-haul work of catechesis, initiation, and formation? Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed sheds new light on Wesley's life and teaching, and aims to help students understand this enigmatic figure.


A strong series of guides, aimed at the student market looking for more than just a basic introduction and overview on the subjects addressed. Each one is well written and contains enough information to get a student well-versed in the subjects at hand and form a strong basis for further study. Reviewed in Publishing News, 2008 Vickers's book is worthy of a positive reception by Wesley experts while also serving as excellent entree into Wesley studies for introductory students--Sanford Lakoff 'Vickers is to be commended for producing a synoptic vision of John Wesley's thought that is not just a great introduction for beginners but offers important new insights for those who have been studying Wesley for some time. He grounds Wesley in the particularity of eighteenth-century establishment Anglicanism, and uses this grounding to sketch a broad coherence among Wesley's ecclesiastical, political, and theological commitments. His central thesis is a landmark for future studies of these issues.
Randy L. Maddox, Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, Duke Divinity School, USA

--Sanford Lakoff

About the Author

Jason E Vickers PhD is Director of the Centre for Evangelical United Brethren Heritage and Assistant Professor of Theology, United Theological Seminary, Ohio, USA. He is author of Transitions in Methodist Christology (Abingdon Press, forthcoming) and editor of the Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (forthcoming 2009).

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Publication date

15th January 2009


Jason E. Vickers

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T.& T.Clark Ltd an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC


142 pages




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