The Way of the Wesleys: A Short Introduction

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The Way of the Wesleys: A Short Introduction


Hammond, Geordan, The Catholic Historical Review


The Way of the Wesleys: A Short Introduction. By John R. Tyson. (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing. 2014. Pp. ix, 202. $18.00 paperback. ISBN 978-0-8028-6954-8.)

In The Way of the Wesleys, John Tyson has drawn on decades of research, writing, and teaching on the Wesleys to provide a concise and readable introduction to their theology. His focus is on providing a concise explication of the Wesleys' theology. In fourteen chapters, Tyson covers the topics of the Bible, sin, the new birth, holiness, grace, the Holy Spirit, Christ, Christian perfection, atonement, Trinity, the means of grace, the Lord's Supper, life in the world, and ecumenism. The nature of a short introduction necessitates a selection of subjects. However, some explanation of the author's choice of chapter topics and structuring of the book would have been of interest to this reviewer. Why is baptism omitted? Why does the chapter on sin appear before the chapter on grace?

One of the central virtues of this book is its inclusion of Charles Wesley. Although the wider range of writings by John Wesley lead to him being allotted more space than Charles, the writings of the younger Wesley feature extensively in the book, especially his hymns, which shed much light on the topics discussed in the book and remain an underutilized and underappreciated source for Wesleyan theology. Tyson stresses the commonalities between the brothers while not neglecting to point out their differences. …

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