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Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed
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Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed


T&T Clark 2009

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As anyone familiar with both the stereotypes and the scholarship related to John Wesley knows, tricky interpretive questions abound: was Wesley a conservative, high church Tory or a revolutionary protodemocrat or proto-Marxist? Was he a modern rationalist obsessed with the epistemology of religious belief or a late medieval style thinker who believed in demonic possession and supernatural healing? Was Wesley primarily a pragmatic evangelist or a serious theologian committed to the long-haul work of catechesis, initiation, and formation?

Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed sheds new light on Wesley’s life and teaching, and aims to help students understand this enigmatic figure.

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Key Features

  • Presents an overview of the life and legacy of John Wesley
  • Adds helpful insights for people already familiar with Wesley
  • Clarifies a commonly misunderstood figure


  • Introduction
  • Spreading the Gospel: Methodism and the Evangelical Revival
  • Keeping to the Church: The Stabilization of English Society
  • Honoring the King: The Politics of Divine Right
  • Loving God: A Theology of Joyful Obedience

Praise for the Print Edition

Vickers is to be commended for producing a synoptic vision of John Wesley’s thought that is not just a great introduction for beginners but offers important new insights for those who have been studying Wesley for some time. He grounds Wesley in the particularity of eighteenth-century establishment Anglicanism, and uses this grounding to sketch a broad coherence among Wesley's ecclesiastical, political, and theological commitments. His central thesis is a landmark for future studies of these issues.

—Randy L. Maddox, Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies, Duke Divinity School, USA

Vickers’s book is worthy of a positive reception by Wesley experts while also serving as excellent entrée into Wesley studies for introductory students.

Wesley and Methodist Studies

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About Jason E. Vickers

Jason E. Vickers is Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies at United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, USA.

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