In Defense of 'Experience' and the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

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Experience

The earlier version of the quadrilateral spoke of experience not as something we had heard or done, something carried in our heads, but as our current sense of God's presence with us. It is not our history, but our knowledge that God is with us now. "It is the personal appropriation of God's forgiving and empowering grace." (Book of Discipline, section 104.)

Dale D. Brown more than 4 years ago

Notable Quotes


   "... Every modern institution faces crises in this complex, chaotic century. What differentiates great organizations is whether and how they react, specifically their ability to galvanize a robust, united response to their challenges. Faced with urgent crises, healthy organizations rally together to save the institution they love. Unhealthy organizations play the blame game."

– Chris Lowney, writing in "Is the Catholic Church a Capsizing Ship?" for Religion News Service.


“Religion is a very complex subject, spanning the whole spectrum of human behavior. It can be an ethical, exalted expression, but religion can also be a mind-control technique to subjugate the masses.”

– Religion scholar Robert Forte, commenting in "How San Francisco's Summer of Love Sparked Today's Religious Movements" by Don Lattin for Religion News Service. 

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