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  • Paperback: 423 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; 7.2.2007 edition (August 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0687646332
  • ISBN-13: 978-0687646333
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #217,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Kenneth J. Collins is Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky, and an elder in the Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church. He also teaches at the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary in Estonia, and is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Wesley Historical Society, and Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is the author of A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley, The Scripture Way of Salvation: The Heart of John Wesley's Theology, co-editor of Conversion in the Wesleyan Tradition, and John Wesley: A Theological Journey.

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Kenneth J. Collins was born in New York City and was raised in an Irish Catholic family. His grandfather, Lawrence Collins, emigrated from Kilrush, County Claire at the beginning of the twentieth century. After living as a practical atheist throughout much of his college years, he had a life-transforming conversion experience upon reading the writings of John Wesley, eighteenth century British leader and founder of Methodism. He is Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary.

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By M. Galishoff on September 2, 2007
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The problem and importance of creating a Theology of John Wesley is that Wesley left us no Systematic Theology to study. His theology is found in his sermons, letters, notes and various treatises'. The present work succeeds is organizing Wesley's views on various topics in a useful manner. In such an endeavor, the bias of the writer must be viewed and weighed against the source material from which the writer draws his material. Fortunately, Wesley's writings are all readily available and delightful to read such that students will enjoy studying the source material along with this important book.

It is important, in my opinion that any student wishing to understand Wesley should not rely on a book such as this regardless of its qualities. Rather, "The Theology of John Wesley" should serve as a guide to Wesley's writings and be read alongside of them rather than in their stead. Wesley's concepts are quite fluid at times and evolved over time and a full understanding of Wesley can only come from reading the material first hand as it developed and evolved and in its historic context.

Unlike a systematic theology that seeks to define and answer all if not most theological issues, this is a book about John Wesley's theology which was more focussed and certainly not systematic or comprehensive. It is not, therefore, a substitute for the study of classic systematic theology. Wesley's goal in life was not to produce a systematic theology but to come to a personal understanding of God and our relationship to Him and as important, to save souls through preaching and creating a vehicle for evangelism called Methodism. Therefore, Wesley's theology was living, breathing, theoretical and applied whose singular thrust was for salvation of all.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By W. Sid Vogel on August 31, 2013
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This is not an "easy read", but it is a very important read. I could not read this book in "one sitting" I found myself reading, thinking, researching, and reading some more. Having recently become interested in John and Charles Wesley, I first read about their history and times, and realized the are historical giants. John Wesley is to theology what Isaac Newton was to science. He was a genius, and a man of enormous energy any vision. He was honest and totally dedicated to finding spiritual truths, and once convinced that he had found the Holy Spirit, he devised practical methods for others to become saved. It worked, with the help of the Holy Spirit, and he changed the world. We are all the beneficiaries of his hard, relentless work for the Kingdom of God!

I do not think you need to be a theologian to benefit from this book, but the novice to Christianity will struggle with many of the concepts presented herein. I think for the experienced Christian, this is an excellent description of Wesley's ideas, and how Wesley synthesized the ideas of scripture into a workable theology that was rational, practicable, and based on the scripture!

This can work well as a book used by Christian discussion groups!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By L. Chitwood on January 5, 2010
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I was looking for a book that would explain the theology of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Kenneth Collins' comprehensive and thorough study of Wesley has provided that and so much more. "The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace", though challenging for a newcomer to Wesley and theological study, delivers an in depth look at the historical Wesley and exposes the 18th century preacher's relevance to modern believers.

Collins presents John Wesley's theological system using the writings of Wesley and the historical and cultural atmosphere in which Wesley's ideas were developed.
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