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Theological Characteristics and Use of Sources

Kenneth G. C. Newport

in The Sermons of Charles Wesley

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780198269496
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600807 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269498.003.0003
Theological Characteristics and Use of Sources

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This chapter deals mainly with the theological characteristics of the sermons, and briefly with the use that Wesley makes of his sources, especially the scriptures. The sermons are examined in two groups, the early and the later, and set in the context of Wesley's evangelical conversion experience of May 1738. The way in which the gloom and soteriological pessimism of the early work seems to give way, though with some relapses, to a greater confidence is examined. The relationship between works and faith in Charles’ thought is briefly examined, and the fact that he remained always a thoroughgoing Arminian is noted.

Keywords: Arminianism; pessimism; soteriology; Charles Wesley

Chapter.  13239 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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