WWJWD? The Problem of Wesleyan Originalism



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Wesley's intent

I do not claim to be a Wesleyan scholar, but I ultimately became so confused and broken by the UMC, I finally delved into John Wesley's writings--and yes, it took some time and a dictionary to help me understand his writings. However, what I discovered was that regardless of whatever else they did, the Priority #1 of both Wesley brothers was the individual and their relationship with and to God. Both John and Charles wanted individuals to be able to live a transformed life centered in God 24/7 regardless of their circumstances or past and to do it in the company of others (social holiness). As far as I am concerned, reclaiming this Priority #1 would be beneficial to the UMC. But to do that, the church would have to ditch its theological plurality. There are two more things that make Wesleyan theology unique: All people can be save abut not all will be saved. It is possible, in this life, to achieve Christian perfection that allows for human fallibility and weakness. Check out seedbed.com; they are doing a pretty good job of reclaiming Wesleyan theology for the 21st century; they are developing quite a following and attendance at their annual New Room Conference is growing significantly every year! You might find today's Daily Text on certainty vs faith enlightening: http://www.seedbed.com/on-the-difference-between-certainty-and-faith/

Betsy 59 days ago

Notable Quotes

"Harsh and direct disagreement places thought under pressure. That’s its point. Pressure can be intellectually productive: being forced to look closely at arguments against a beloved position helps those who hold it to burnish and buttress it as often as it moves them to abandon it. But pressure also causes pain and fear; and when those under pressure find these things difficult to bear, they’ll sometimes use any means possible to make the pressure and the pain go away. They feel unsafe, threatened, put upon, and so they react by deploying the soft violence of the law or the harder violence of the aggressive and speech-denying protest. Both moves are common enough in our élite universities now, as is their support by the powers that be. Tolerance for intellectual pain is less than it was. So is tolerance for argument."

– Paul Griffiths, former professor of Catholic theology at United Methodist-related Duke University Divinity School, in an article for Commonweal magazine on why he resigned over a recent conflict with a colleague related to racism training.


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