John Wesley, Practical Divinity and the Defence of Literature

1st Edition

Emma Salgård Cunha

Routledge
Published December 11, 2017
Reference - 200 Pages
ISBN 9781138305021 - CAT# Y366825
Series: Routledge Methodist Studies Series

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Summary

John Wesley (1703–1791), leader of British Methodism, was one of the most prolific literary figures of the eighteenth century, responsible for creating and disseminating a massive corpus of religious literature and for instigating a sophisticated programme of reading, writing and publishing within his Methodist Societies. John Wesley, Practical Divinity and the Defence of Literature takes the influential genre of practical divinity as a framework for understanding Wesley’s role as an author, editor and critic of popular religious writing. It asks why he advocated the literary arts as a valid aspect of his evangelical theology, and how his Christian poetics impacted upon the religious experience of his followers.

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