A master reflection on reason and faith in Wesley's spiritual journey.
In his day, John Wesley offered important insights on how to obtain knowledge of God that readily bears fruit in our own times. As premiere Wesleyan scholar William Abraham shows, Wesley's most famous spiritual experience is rife with philosophical significance and implications. Throughout, Abraham brings Wesley's works into fruitful conversation with some of the most important work in contemporary epistemology. Lyrically and succinctly he explores the simultaneous epistemological quest and spiritual pilgrimage that were central to Wesley and the Evangelical Revival of the eighteenth century. In so doing, he provides a learned and eye-opening meditation upon the relationship between reason and faith.
"A remarkable little volume. Abraham draws fascinating lines between Aldersgate and Athens that few could ever have imagined existed. This is priority reading not only for Wesley scholars but also for philosophers of religion."
-Jerry L. Walls, Author of Heaven: The Logic of Eternal Joy and editor of
The Oxford Handbook of Eschatology
"This is Abraham at his best. In his own engaging fashion, he develops his insights within the context of history, philosophy, theology and spirituality as they apply to our present day. A multitude of thought-provoking comments throughout the work will continue to engage the serious reader for years to come."
-Richard P. Heitzenrater, The Divinity School, Duke University