Teachers, students, and followers of Methodist denominations have
long debated the nature of the monumental contributions John Wesley made
to their faith. Their debates, however, have largely come to the same
conclusions, focusing the lens of analysis on the elements of
Arminianism in Wesley's life and writings while overlooking the elements
of Universalism that are present.
"John Wesley and Universalism"
widens the focus of this debate and takes into consideration the
process, content, and structure of Wesley's thinking to explicate the
universalistic underpinnings that other scholars have held in the
periphery of their analyses for centuries. An in-depth and insightful
text, it examines Wesley's empirical and pragmatic methodology and
outlines his concepts of faith development and spiritual growth,
highlighting the universalistic elements and patterns in his work and
emphasizing their importance in the history-and future-of the Methodist
Replete with references to history, philosophy,
psychology, and theology, "John Wesley and Universalism" breathes new
life into many of Wesley's most meaningful messages and is sure to bring
the fundamental principles of his work to the surface for a new
generation of scholars. For those looking to broaden their spiritual or
academic horizons, this title should not be missed.