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John Wesley's Life and Ethics [Paperback]

By Ronald H. Stone (Author)
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This book analyses John Wesley's personal and social ethical thought by placing him in social location and examining his ethics biographically. Stone argues that in the case of John Wesley, the Christian traditions provide a biblically informed, deontological ethic of love. This ethic is grounded in Christian community to form the individual, and in social reform to transform the nation within the limits of Christian realism concerning human nature and social order. In broad strokes, the book covers the ethical reflection and teaching of Wesley and at appropriate points places it in comparative perspective with other eighteenth-century contributors to ethics and social thought. Ethical topics addressed in the volume include: abolition, vocation, family, money, the social nature of humanity, politics, economics, imperial relations, and war and peace.

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John Wesley s Life & Ethics offers a comprehensive analysis of John Wesley s personal and social ethical thought. Ronald Stone places Wesley in a social location and examines his ethical thought biographically. He argues that in the case of John Wesley, the Christian traditions provide a biblically informed deontological ethic of love. This ethic is grounded in the Christian community to form the individual and in social reform to transform the nation within the limits of Christian realism concerning human nature and social order.

The volume covers Wesley s complete ethical reflection and teaching and, at appropriate points, places them in comparative perspective to other 18th century ethics and social thought contributors. Ethical topics addressed include abortion, vocation, family, money, social nature of humanity, politics, economics, imperial relations, and war and peace.

This book will be a supplementary text in Ethics classes, primarily in United Methodist schools. It will also be a useful text in Methodist history classes. Methodist scholars and pastors interested in a social biography of Wesley will want to own this book."

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Abingdon Press
Pages   249
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.02" Width: 6.06" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.79 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2001
Publisher   Abingdon Church Supplies
ISBN  0687056322  
ISBN13  9780687056323  

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More About Ronald H. Stone

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ronald H. Stone taught for years at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and the University of Pittsburgh. After retiring, he continues to teach in Carnegie Mellon University's Osher Life Long Learning Program. He studied at Union Seminary and Columbia University in New York City, where he served as Reinhold Niebuhr s last teaching assistant and met Paul Tillich. He has published more than twenty books on religion, politics, and philosophy, and served as the president of the North American Paul Tillich Society and founding board member of the Niebuhr Society."

Ronald H. Stone currently resides in Pittsburgh, in the state of Pennsylvania.

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Stone makes Wesley more Personable  Mar 29, 2006
From the multitude of Wesleyan sources Ronald Stone's "John Wesley's Life and Ethics" (2001) emerges as a thoroughly research and well written text. Through 229 (paperback) pages Stone offers a compelling study about 18th century English churchman and scholar John Wesley.

The book opens with a helpful 3-page chronology. Each of its 12 chapters is divided into well-developed and informative sub sections. The text's narrative style is very readable- I completed the book in a leisurely six days.

Stone's scholarship ranges from Wesley's personal life to his dramatic history changing pastoral theology. Among the usual historical reflections on Mr. Wesley, one reads about his college age walking tour of southern England's "White Horse" etching (pp. 49-50). One learns the harrowing story of Mrs. Hawkins' attempt on John Wesley's life "with a pistol and scissors" (p. 71). Stone briefly relates Wesley's mission to America (chapter 3) and his later in life failed-romance with Grace Murray (pp. 106-109).

Theologically, the book speaks to Wesley's 1758 perception of "perfection" as God's loving care for all created and humanity's loving response to God (p 150). Stone reviews Wesley's Bible reading habits (p. 161), his friendly suggestions to Adam Smith's emerging economic theory (p. 232), and knowledge of Calvinism (p. 152). (Stone believes, incorrectly, that John Wesley was exposed early- by his up-bringing in an Anglican-Arminian parsonage- to John Calvin and retained those supposed Calvinist leanings all his life.) Stone correctly posits the notion that John Wesley's life-long faith-based social action is rooted in his Oxford student/reader and Georgia mission days (chapter 5).

This informative text concludes reflecting on Wesley's social ethics: the poor must be cared for, church and society can only be reformed by the personally reformed, and peace is necessary for ultimate prosperity and economic success. Stone rightly witnesses (p. 212) that Wesley believes human moral law is reflective of universal divine will.

Stone makes John Wesley more personable. This book is recommended to all students of John Wesley, 18th century historians and readers, and anyone curious about religion and ethics.

John Wesley Revisited  Dec 6, 2001
Review of John Wesley's "Life and Ethics"  by Ronald H. Stone After thirty years of teaching at a Presbyterian Seminary,  Professor Ronald Stone has returned to his Methodist roots with his latest book. Ronald grew up in Dakota City, Iowa and learned about the Christian faith at the Humboldt Methodist Church.  He went to Morningside College and served the Methodist Church at Salix.  Later he attended Union Seminary, Columbia, and Oxford.   He is now an active member of the East Liberty Presbyterian Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After spending a Sabbatical at Oxford in 1999 studying the works of John Wesley, Ronald wrote his book on Wesley's social ethic.  While the book is intended primarily for  United Methodist Pastors and scholars, United Methodist lay people who read the book will  learn a great deal about the life of John Wesley, the historical context in which he lived and his theology and ethics.  The book discusses Wesley's views on war, the slave trade, women, marriage, economics, social work, power, freedom, poverty and wealth and going on to perfection. Throughout the book Stone compares  Wesley's thought to the ethics of the Niebuhrs  Tillich, and liberation theology. In his conclusion Stone writes "We learn... from Wesley there is no adequate Christian self disengaged from others in religious society and there is no adequate Christian character not involved in the social reform of its day."   The paperback book is published by Abingdon Press and is available at Cokesbury [...]. This review was written by Rev. Hugh R. Stone, Pastor of the Waukee United Methodist Church.

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