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Wesley for Armchair Theologians (Armchair) [Paperback]

By William J. Abraham (Author) & Ron Hill (Illustrator)
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Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

Wesley for Armchair Theologians engagingly presents the life and theology of John Wesley (1703-1791), the founder of Methodism. Written by prominent Wesley scholar William ("Billy") Abraham, who aimed to "make Wesley come alive for those who would truly love to become armchair theologians," the book is an excellent, entertaining, and expert guide to the work of this important Christian figure.

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"Using a deceptively light-hearted style (dare we say Irish?), Professor Abraham has in fact produced a provocative study of John Wesley's theology that contains a wealth of insight. The author takes seriously the problems evident in the human situation and convincingly provides a Wesleyan view of how God (who, by the way, is no wimp) can help. Few readers will escape unchallenged. And though they may well disagree with some of the interpretations, no one can will be able to say their mind was not pricked at least a time or two in every chapter." ---Richard P. Heitzenrater, William Kellon Quick Professor of Church History and Wesley Studies, The Divinity School, Duke University "Professor Abraham has given us a lively and helpful account of John Wesley's theology. He covers the basics in a way that is very helpful for beginning students of Wesley's thought. At the same time, his interpretive analysis, often stated with characteristic wit and humor, will challenge more experienced Wesley scholars. This is a very welcome book." ---Scott J. Jones, Bishop of the Kansas West Conference, United Methodist Church "An engaging, reader-friendly perspective on Wesley's theology by one of the ablest of his recent interpreters, Wesley for Armchair Theologians will amuse, illuminate, and at times astonish." ---Thomas C. Oden, Henry Anson Buttz Professor of Theology and Ethics at Drew University

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"Wesley for Armchair Theologians" engagingly presents the life and theology of John Wesley, the founder of Methodism. Written by prominent Wesley scholar William Abraham, who aimed to "make Wesley come alive for those who would truly love to become armchair theologians," the book is an excellent, entertaining, and expert guide to the work of this important Christian figure.

Written by experts but designed for the novice, the Armchair series provides accurate, concise, and witty overviews of some of the most profound moments and theologians in Christian history. These books are essential supplements for first-time encounters with primary texts, lucid refreshers for scholars and clergy, and enjoyable reads for the theologically curious.

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Wesley for Armchair Theologians (Armchair) by William J. Abraham & Ron Hill has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Christian Advance - 09/01/2005 page 62


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Item Specifications...


Studio: Westminster John Knox Press
Pages   195
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.98" Width: 5.22" Height: 0.91"
Weight:   0.55 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 20, 2005
Publisher   PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
Series  Armchair Theologians  
ISBN  0664226213  
ISBN13  9780664226213  


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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! William J. Abraham is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, United States.

William J. Abraham currently resides in the state of Texas. William J. Abraham was born in 1947.

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entertaining but informative  Jun 6, 2006
As a United Methodist minister and a spiritual descendent of John Wesley, I take a great deal of interest when someone I respect writes a book about Wesley's theology. This book is a well written introduction to Wesley by one of our best interpreters of his work. In writing this Abraham often has to decide which Wesley he wants to listen to. The young Wesley sometimes came out in a different place than the more experienced pastoral theologian of the later days. Fortunately, Billy Abraham is up to the task.

He spends the first 2 chapters introducing us to Wesley, so that we have the background to place his theology in its personal and cultural place. He then moves to the primary doctrinal areas of Wesley's thought beginning with creation and original sin, moving through justification, regeneration and sanctification with a nice discussion of Christian perfection.

Perhaps most importantly he shows that Wesley was able to change theologically as practice taught him he was wrong.

All in all a breezy read on a theologian who doesn't lend himself to breezy thought. . For the Wesley neophyte this is a good place to start, due to both style and accurate presentaion of Wesley's thought. Recommend.
 
A Very Average Addition to a Very Good Series  May 5, 2006
The Armchair Theologian series has made an outstanding contribution to the popularizing of the theology of the giants of Christian faith. Augustine, Aquinas, Calvin, Luther, and the other luminaries of the Reformation have all been examined and elucidated with good humor and good sympathy.

Abraham's book elucidates Wesley's life and theology with neither good humor nor good sympathy. Abraham takes great pains to nitpick each and every tenet of Wesley's belief system, and does so with a smugly superior attitude, not only to Wesley but to all Christians everywhere who do not share Abraham's theology. The opening of chapter eight, where Abraham parodies the attitudes toward sin of Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Southern Baptists, and Methodists might have been amusing taken in isolation, but the book is peppered with such potshots at the belief systems of various Christian traditions.

No philosophy ever devised by any philosopher, and no theology ever devised by any theologian, has ever given a completely satisfactory explanation of "life, the universe, and everything." Aristotle and Aquinas couldn't do it, and Wesley's inability to do it is no reason for such extended negative criticism. It goes against the spirit of the Armchair Theologian series to spend so much paper and ink emoting over Wesley's shortcomings. Just set out the man's beliefs, succinctly point out the difficulties in a matter-of-fact fashion, and move on to the next topic. Despite the carping and criticism, the discerning reader can see that Wesley was a towering figure of the Christian faith, and by no means the theological lightweight that Abraham makes him out to be.

To paraphrase the Brando line from "On the Waterfront," this book coulda been a contender. It turned out a journeyman.
 

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