In his day, John Wesley offered important insights on how to obtain knowledge of God that readily bears fruit in our own times. As premiere Wesleyan scholar William Abraham shows, Wesley's most famous spiritual experience is rife with philosophical significance and implications. Throughout, Abraham brings Wesley's works into fruitful conversation with some of the most important work in contemporary epistemology. Lyrically and succinctly he explores the simultaneous epistemological quest and spiritual pilgrimage that were central to Wesley and the Evangelical Revival of the eighteenth century. In so doing, he provides a learned and eye-opening meditation upon the relationship between reason and faith.
William J. Abraham (D.Phil. Oxford University) is Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, and Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor, Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology. He is the author or editor of 16 books, including most recently Canonical Theism: A Proposal for Theology and the Church (with Jason E. Vickers and Natalie B. Van Kirk, 2008), Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation (2007), and Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: From the Fathers to Feminism (2002). He lives in Dallas, Texas.
Preface Chapter 1 Faith and the Promises of God Chapter 2 Faith and Personal Experience of God Chapter 3 Faith and the Power of God Chapter 4 Faith and Divine Revelation