Customer Reviews: John Wesley's Teachings, Volume 2: Christ and Salvation
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on April 4, 2013
This book is a very systematic walk through of the doctrinal views of Wesley that are grounded in ecumenical, early patristic thought. The book moves very intentionally through specific doctrines espoused by Wesley based on the author's very thorough grasp of Wesley's writings. This approach could lead to a very dry doctrinal account of Wesley, but the author does a fine job of revealing the significance of Wesley's doctrines both for his contemporaries as well as for the present audience. This work is very helpful in revealing the truth about Wesley's teachings in light of many who wrongly caricaturize his Arminian teachings or some current Wesleyan scholars that have so twisted Wesley's doctrinal views regarding Christ and the atonement that Wesley has become "only vaguely recognizable." It is a valuable contribution.
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on December 25, 2012
Thomas Oden has long been known for his work in Systematic Theology, particularly in his interests in patristics and desire to ground evangelical theology in the theology of the early church showing their compatibility. Oden himself hails from a Methodist background and so the teachings of John Wesley form an important component of his thought. Wesley is no doubt an important figure in evangelicalism who is responsible for both good and bad things seen in evangelicalism today. While I write this review from a Reformed background, and thus disagree with many of Wesley's perspectives, nevertheless, these volumes by Oden are very helpful for understanding the teachings of Wesley.

Oden does a good job of taking the reader through the various elements of Wesley's theology culled from his sermons and other writings to give a systematic introduction. The reader will be impressed by the depth of thought contained in Wesley's writings and the catholic nature of much of his thought. He was a man of his time and his influences are obvious in some ways but Wesley still taught much that was clearly basic to Christian orthodoxy.

The first volume that Oden has provided covers such theological topics as revelation, Scripture, the doctrine of God, providence, creation, and man in sin. The second volume deals more in-depth with the work of Christ and his salvation applied to the believer. Oden's work is quite scholarly interacting with other Wesleyan scholars. Oden desires to read Wesley as a man of his own time and avoids anachronistic readings of Wesley that promote various new theologies such as liberation theology or feminism.

Wesley is seen to be what you might expect. An Anglican with strong heritage in English theology, the theology of the early church, and influences from Arminius. Oden's work helps one to understand how Wesley taught and what he taught to those whom he preached in England, Scotland, and America. This is a first-rate work of historical theology focusing on the teachings of John Wesley with a view towards their application today.

Thank you to Zondervan for providing me with a review copy!
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on October 15, 2013
I like, but may be more productive to buy John Wesley's Books instead of a commentary there of because he seems to struggle with making it original.
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on June 6, 2013
This is a good addition to the updated information on the theologian thinking of John Wesley. It should be a must for a Christian reading.
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on August 22, 2013
We have not started Volume 2 yet in our class. It will come after we finish VOL. 1. I'm sure it will be as interesting as VOL. 1.
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on February 5, 2016
This is a great volume. I love it on kindle.
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on January 12, 2016
Got to Love Oden....Almost as much as Wesley.
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on April 28, 2015
Good Book.
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