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Responsible grace : John Wesley's practical theology

Author: Randy L Maddox
Publisher: Nashville, Tenn. : Kingswood Books, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents an overview of the theological activities and faith positions of John Wesley, and argues how contemporaries might recover his theology as a practical discipline. Also defends the position that Wesley's theology might unite principles which are normally divergent between Eastern and Western Christianity.
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Named Person: John Wesley; John Wesley; John Wesley
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Randy L Maddox
ISBN: 0687003342 9780687003341
OCLC Number: 30895836
Description: 416 pages ; 23 cm
Contents: Chapter 1: Human knowledge of the God of responsible grace --
The fount of knowledge --
God's gracious Self-revelation --
Excursus: Wesley's epistemology --
The gracious character of all revelation --
Initial universal revelation --
Definitive Christian revelation --
Excursus: The possibility of extra-Christian salvation --
Excursus: The possibility and purpose of a natural theology --
Sources/criteria of Christian doctrine --
The "Wesleyan quadrilateral" --
Scripture --
Reason --
"Tradition" --
Experience --
Wesley's "method"? --
Chapter 2: The God of responsible grace --
The problem of God-knowledge --
Sources of human knowledge of God --
Nature of human "God-language" --
Reflexive nature of knowledge of God --
The nature of God --
God's natural attributes --
God's moral attributes --
Crucial concern: God's sovereignty --
Excursus: Wesley on predestination --
The work of God/Father --
God/Father as Creator and Sustainer --
God/Father as Provider --
God/Father as Governor or Judge --
God/Father as Physician --
Summary: God as Father --
Chapter 3: Humanity's need and God's initial restoring grace --
General character of Wesley's anthropology --
Humanity as God's gracious creation --
The image of God in humanity --
Wesley's relational anthropology --
Wesley's holistic psychology --
Wesley's holistic anthropology? --
Humanity as male and female --
Humanity as fallen: debilitated and depraved, but guilty? --
The two dimensions of sin --
original sin or inbeing sin? --
The source of inbeing sin --
The nature of inbeing sin --
The extent of inbeing sin --
total depravity --
Pause for perspective --
Humanity as nascently restored --
The provenience of restoring grace --
The character of restoring grace --
Prevenient grace as the beginning of restoration --
Excursus: Wesley's "synergism"? --
The resulting actual human situation --
Chapter 4: Christ --
The initiative of responsible grace --
General character of Wesley's Christology --
Christ --
an atonement for sin --
Atonement as liberation? --
Excursus: Wesley on the nature and uses of the law --
Atonement as pardon --
Atonement as display of God's love --
The point of the atonement --
The three offices of Christ --
Christ as Priest --
Christ as Prophet --
Christ as King/Physician --
"Preaching Christ in all His offices" --
The nature of Christ --
Stress on Christ's divinity --
Discomfort with accenting Christ's humanity --
Practical monophysitism? --
Wesley's concern? --
Chapter 5: Holy Spirit --
The presence of responsible grace --
The Holy Spirit as God's restored presence --
The Holy Spirit as Inspiring Physician --
The dimensions of the Spirit's inspiration --
The universal restoring presence of the Spirit --
The witness of the Spirit --
Excursus: Wesley on the assurance of faith --
Excursus: Wesley on the nature of faith --
Excursus: Wesley on the perceptibility of grace --
Summary and evaluation --
The fruit of the Spirit --
The guidance of the Spirit --
The gifts of the Spirit --
Excursus: Wesley the charismatic? --
Spirit, Son, and Father: Wesley on the Trinity --
The Spirit and the Son: the filioque? --
Unity or distinction of the Divine Persons --
Doctrine of the Trinity as a grammar of responsible grace Chapter 6: Grace and response --
the nature of human salvation --
The three dimensions of salvation --
The therapeutic focus of salvation --
The holistic scope of salvation --
Excursus: Wesley on physical health and healing --
The co-operant character of salvation --
Excursus: Wesley on justification by faith alone --
The possibility of apostasy --
The gradual process of salvation --
The place of instantaneous transitions in Christian life --
The individual variability of salvation --
Chapter 7: The way of Salvation --
grace upon grace --
Regeneration --
Awakening --
Repentance --
Repentance prior to justification/new birth --
Excursus: Wesley on sin in believers --
Repentance within the Christian life --
Justification --
Pardoned by the merits of Christ --
Pardoned in order to participate (adoption) --
Justification and sanctification --
First justification and the new birth --
Final justification and sanctification proper --
The dynamic tension --
Faith --
Faith and justification --
Faith and repentance --
Faith working by love --
Sanctification --
New birth --
"Growth in grace" --
Christian perspectives --
Central themes --
Summary --
Glorification --
Chapter 8: The means of grace and response --
The role of the means of grace in Christian life --
The mediation of grace --
Ordinary and extraordinary means of grace --
Effective means and requisite response --
Guarantees of pardon or means of healing? --
Nurturing grace and patterning exercises --
Means of sanctifying grace --
The Lord's Supper --
Corporate worship --
Formal prayers --
Scripture lectionary --
Church year --
Hymns --
Sermon --
Communal support --
Love feasts --
Watch-night services --
Covenant renewal --
Accountability --
The general rules --
Spiritual directors --
Accountability groups --
Private exercises --
Study of Scripture --
Devotional/catechetical readings --
Private prayers --
Works of mercy --
Love of God and love of others --
Formative effect of works of mercy --
The place of self-denial --
Means of justifying grace --
Historical perspectives on Wesley's pastoral challenge --
Wesley's pastoral response --
Call to renewed responsiveness --
Methodist society as catechumenate --
Excursus: The Lord's Supper as a converting ordinance --
Practical-theological implications for confirmation --
The importance of childhood catechesis --
The rite of confirmation --
Communion of children --
Means of prevenient grace? --
Chapter 9: The triumph of responsible grace --
The historical context of Wesley's eschatology --
Responsible grace's triumph in process --
Wesley's millennialism? --
The kingdom of grace and the kingdom of glory --
The reign of grace in and through the church --
Wesley's eschatological ethics --
Personal ethics --
Social ethics --
Ecological ethics --
Responsible grace's triumphant goal --
Death, immortality, resurrection --
Intermediate states --
Judgment --
The new creation
Responsibility: Randy L. Maddox.

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Presents an overview of the theological activities and faith positions of John Wesley, and argues how contemporaries might recover his theology as a practical discipline. Also defends the position that Wesley's theology might unite principles which are normally divergent between Eastern and Western Christianity.

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