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Wesley for Armchair

My last book I’m reading from the series of “For Armchair Theologians” books. Suffice as an introduction to Wesley and his theology. The first chapter went over his biography before exploring various aspect of his theology. The author himself comes from a Wesleyan background. Which should come to no surprises that he lets Wesley off the hook easily for his rejection of Calvinism. I did not know how high church Wesley was until this book. Two critical comments about the book: the author excuses Wesley for not being as clear and systematic in his theology at times because Wesley was first and foremost pastoral in his concern and he was a preacher. While I don’t want to take away from the importance of pastoring, nevertheless when one consider Wesley’s “greatness” with that of other great leaders of spiritual and theological impact such as the other biographies in this series, many were pastors and preachers as well and were great in organizing and thinking through their theology (Augustine, Luther and Calvin, etc). I also thought it was strange the author describe Wesley’s exposition on “You must be born again” and justification by faith is as “Vulgar, popular Protestantism.” Vulgar?

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