By Charles Wesley, Kenneth G. C. Newport
'Kenneth Newport's first, and exemplary, critical edition of Charles's sermons is particularly welcome... although fuller reassessment of Charles's career and significance must await further work on the sources, this edition of the sermons and accompanying commentary is a significant step forward and sets a formidable standard for editions of his other writings.' -The Journal of Ecclesiastical History'This is a major contribution to Wesley studies by (for once) a British academic, demonstrating that an interest in such studies is alive and able to challenge and extend the findings of American scholars, such as Albin, Langford, and Tyson, who have worked in this field.' -Journal of Theological Studies'Dr Newport's work is the outcome of careful and scholarly research using all the critical textual apparatus available. This book will be a vital tool for all those who wishing to trace the development of the Methodist movement and the impact of its theological ideas.' -Journal of Theological Studies'Scholars of Methodist history and theology are greatly in debt to Dr Newport for the published outcome of his research project as are those who seek to assess the contribution of the Wesley brothers to the Evangelical Revival of the eighteenth century.' -Journal of Theological Studies'Painstakingly accurate textual analysis and comprehensive footnotes. The extensive introduction is deserving of particular praise as it constitutes one of the best critical evaluations of Charles Wesley's life and ministry written in recent years... this work is long overdue and has set a standard against which works on Charles Wesley should be judged.' -tbr (theological book review, Feed The Minds)'Scholars of Methodist history and theology are greatly in debt to Dr Newport for the published outcome of his research project... Dr Newport's work is the outcome of careful and scholarly research... This book will be a vital tool for all those wishing to trace the development of the Methodist movement and the impact of its theological ideas... this is a major contribution to Wesley studies.' -Wesley and Methodist Studies Centre NewsletterThis book brings to publication for the first time all of the famous hymn-writer Charles Wesley's sermon material. All but three of the twenty-three texts here presented have been reconstructed from manuscript sources. The book includes four substantial introductory chapters which place Charles Wesley's preaching in the context of early Methodism and the eighteenth century more generally. Annotations on the texts themselves are substantially text-critical and include discussion of Charles's use of Byrom's shorthand, the script in which a significant portion of the material is written. Other notes include an attempt to trace Charles's use of sources, specifically the Bible, the Homilies, and the Book of Common Prayer.