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John Wesley's Scriptural Christianity: A Plain Exposition of His Teaching on Christian Doctrine [Paperback]

By Thomas C. Oden (Author)
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This important work condenses the teachings of John Wesley--18 massive teachings and writings--into one remarkably consistent, highly accessible volume for the masses. This first book in a series is based primarily on Wesley's sermons. Later books will deal with his pastoral and ethical teachings. *Lightning Print On Demand Title

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The first presentation of John Wesley's doctrinal teachings in a systematic form that is also faithful to Wesley's own writings. Wesley was a prolific writer and commentator on Scripture, yet it is commonly held that he was not systematic or internally consistent in his theology and doctrinal teachings. On the contrary, Thomas C. Oden intends to demonstrate here that Wesley displayed a remarkable degree of consistency over sixty years of preaching and ministry. The book helps readers to grasp Wesley's essential teachings in an accessible form so that the person desiring to go directly to Wesley's own writings (which fill eighteen volumes) will know exactly where to turn. This volume focuses on the main doctrinal teachings of Wesley. Subsequent volumes in this series will deal with his pastoral and ethical teachings.

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   384
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.03" Width: 6.04" Height: 1"
Weight:   1.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Nov 1, 1994
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  031075321X  
ISBN13  9780310753216  
UPC  025986753214  

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Thomas C. Oden Thomas C. Oden (PhD, Yale) is Director of the Center for Early African Christianity at Eastern University in St. Davids, Pennsylvania and Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University. He is an ordained Methodist minister and the author of many books, including The Rebirth of Orthodoxy: Signs of New Life in Christianity, How Africa Shaped the Christian Mind: Rediscovering the African Seedbed of Western Christianity, Doctrinal Standards in the Wesleyan Tradition, and Classic Christianity. Dr. Oden is also the general editor for the widely-used Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture series.

Born Thomas Clark Oden (October 21, 1931) he is most reknown for his work as an American United Methodist theologian and religious author. He was born in Altus, Oklahoma. He has a B.A. degree from the University of Oklahoma (1953), a B.D from Southern Methodist University (1956), an M.A. from Yale University (1958), and a Ph.D. from Yale University (1960).

Oden is best known as a proponent of paleo-orthodoxy, an approach to theology that often relies on patristic sources. He has published a series of books that he says are tools for promoting "classical Christianity." Oden suggests that Christians need to rely upon the wisdom of the historical Church, particularly the early Church, rather than on modern scholarship and theology, which is often, in his view, tainted by political agendas.

He has written, "The term paleo-orthodoxy is employed to make clear that we are not talking about neo-orthodoxy. Paleo- becomes a necessary prefix only because the term orthodoxy has been preempted and to some degree tarnished by the modern tradition of neo-orthodoxy" (Requiem, p. 130). Oden says his mission is "to begin to prepare the postmodern Christian community for its third millennium by returning again to the careful study and respectful following of the central tradition of classical Christianity" (After Modernity...What?, p. 34). Oden is also active in the Confessing Movement in America, particularly within the United Methodist Church. He serves on the board of the Institute on Religion and Democracy.

Thomas C. Oden has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Classic Christian Readers
  2. Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching & Preaching

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An Excellent Systematizing of John Wesley's Theology  Feb 27, 2010
Thomas C. Oden has done a remarkable job in this book. John Wesley wrote sermons, tracts, hymns, notes on the Bible and other books such as the works, journals and letters. However, Wesley did not write a sytematic theology.

Oden contends that Wesley wrote about all of the areas of theology and his sermons were written to cover all aspects of systematic theology. This was apparently the method used by those of his day to write theologically. Wesley wrote for his ministers and people in his church so that they would have his thinking on all aspects of theology.

Oden has gathered Wesley's thought systematically, in a form that Wesley did not do and it is remarkable how excellent this job was done.

This book should be up front and center for all ministers and lay people who want to know what Wesley thought and find the entrances or documentation in Wesley's works to follow up.

Great job.

J. Robert Ewbank, author of "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"
Excelent balance  Aug 8, 2006
This is a verey balanced book. Easy to read and able to hold your intrest from begining to end
A real time saver  Mar 28, 2003
In the introduction of this work, Oden is careful to distinguish his efforts from those of Outler. Oden notes that he is primarily a systematic theologian and that Outler was primarily a historical theologian. Hence, Oden writes, "My method is primarily systematic, Outler's historical." The bottom line for the reader is that you can either pick and read through Wesley's works trying to remember where he addressed certain subjects or you can pick up a copy of this book. Throughout this effort, Oden quotes from and abstracts-in contemporary prose-Wesley's writings subject by subject and then orders it all in a systematic fashion proving the overall consistency, width and depth of the material Wesley covered throughout his lifetime. In addition, Oden heavily references each subject and topic so that you can then read the context from the material he drew from. Of further interest, Oden offers suggested reading should a topic peak the readers interest to the point that they would like to learn more from other Christian thinkers. At the back of the book Oden provides both Scripture and subject indexes. Hands down this is an invaluable reference for topical Wesleyan studies and it is the closest you'll come to a systematic theology written by Wesley himself.
One of the finest books in Wesleyan scholarship  Jun 12, 1999
This book is a must read reference for any Methodist or Holiness pastor whose tradition values what John Wesley has wrote. Thomas C. Oden gives a Biblical framework for what Wesley wrote in a manner that is far easier to deal with than Wesley's journals.

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