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Aldersgate and Athens: John Wesley and the Foundations of Christian Belief

Aldersgate and Athens: John Wesley and the Foundations of Christian Belief

William J. Abraham

| Baylor University Press | 2010


In his day, John Wesley offered important insights on how to obtain knowledge of God that readily bears fruit in our own times. As premiere Wesleyan scholar William Abraham shows, Wesley’s most famous spiritual experience is rife with philosophical significance and implications. Throughout, Abraham brings Wesley’s works into fruitful conversation with some of the most important work in contemporary epistemology. Lyrically and succinctly, he explores the simultaneous epistemological quest and spiritual pilgrimage that were central to Wesley and the Evangelical revival of the eighteenth century. In so doing, he provides a learned and eye-opening meditation upon the relationship between reason and faith.

Author Bio

William J. Abraham is a United Methodist pastor, theologian, and philosopher. A native of Ireland, he is currently the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. Dr. Abraham is associated with the Confessing Movement in The United Methodist Church and is a proponent of “Canonical Theism” that looks to the canons of the ancient ecumenical Church as a source for renewing Mainline Protestant Churches.


This title is included as a part of the following collection

  1. Baylor Wesleyan Studies Collection (4 vols.)