John Wesley on Predestination and Election

Jerry L. Walls

in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696116
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 John Wesley on Predestination and Election

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John Wesley's place in the history of the church is secure as an evangelist and leader in the eighteenth-century revival. While his primary concern was not ‘speculative theology’, his evangelistic work inevitably led him to take positions on certain controversial theological issues. This article focuses on the issues of predestination and election, which have to do with the existentially vital questions of whom God chooses to save and how and why he does so. Engaging these questions takes us straight to the perennially central issue of how we understand the nature and character of God. To dismiss the classic debate on predestination and election as a mere historical curiosity is to betray that one is oblivious to these larger implications. The article explicates and critically assesses Wesley's account of predestination, focusing on the most important issues that separate him from his Calvinist critics.

Keywords: Methodism; Methodists; God; Calvinism; Calvinists

Article.  7051 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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