This research consists of four chapters; the first chapter deals with the definition of
Christian piety, and explains the meaning of the phrase “Characteristics of Christian piety
relating to the aim of Christian life”. Also, it gives brief biographies of Macarius and of
Wesley and a brief history of the Macarian homilies. Then, to put the thesis in its context,
these briefs are followed by evidence; to prove that Wesley was in contact with the
thoughts of the early fathers in general. Also, pieces of evidence are offered to prove that
Wesley was interested in the Macarian thoughts. The first chapter ends with a general idea
of the historical and contemporary scholarly efforts concerning the issue of this thesis.
The second chapter deals with the characteristics of Christian piety concerning the
aim of Christian life according to the Macarian tradition. It investigates, through an
analytical reading for the primary Macarian texts, the Macarian structure for the important
spiritual practices which reflect the goal of Christian life from the Macarian perspective.
The third chapter deals with the characteristics of Christian piety concerning the aim
of Christian life according to John Wesley. By using some texts relating to Wesley, the
same analytical process of the Macarian chapter is followed in the Wesleyan chapter.
The fourth chapter demonstrates the similarities and the differences between the two
forms of Christian piety and attempts a conclusion. The conclusion summarizes the results,