INDIVIDUALISM AND EMOTION IN WESLEY'S RELIGION
THROUGH this study of Wesley's religion and theology attention has been called to the tension between two elements in his experience and thought. On the one side, are his predilection for clear and distinct ideas; his appreciation of the moral struggle; his belief in the values of a disciplined life; and his devotion to the Church and to the means of grace. On the other side, are the individualistic character of much of his religion; the place given to emotion in the religious life; and his recognition of variety and growth. It will be helpful at this point to look more closely at these latter elements in Wesley's teaching.
That Wesley's appeal was individualistic is too well known to need any further stress. Not that he differed in this from large sections of the Christian Church then and now, for there has always been a strongly individualistic tendency in Christianity. It is customary to refer to Wesley's individualism as an inheritance from seventeenth-century nonconformity; but this is an unjustifiable narrowing of his background. Wesley insisted that there had been in the Church throughout the centuries Christians who believed and practiced a "spiritual" faith. He won
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Publication information: Book title: John Wesley and Modern Religion. Contributors: Umphrey Lee - Author. Publisher: Cokesbury Press. Place of publication: Nashville, TN. Publication year: 1936. Page number: 273.
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