The Crucible of Life,

The Role of Experience in John Wesley's Theological Method

Timothy J. Crutcher


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A Comprehensive Survey of Wesley’s Use of Experience

Even the most casual reader of John Wesley can see the high value he placed on the role experience plays in the formation of theological ideas, and virtually every work on Wesley’s theology discusses this fact. However, there has been no contemporary survey of his use of the concept. This book is intended to fill that gap. Additionally, as one explores the concept of experience in Wesley, one finds that its interaction with his other commitments to Scripture, reason, and tradition are far more complex than can be conveyed with the static image of a “Wesleyan Quadrilateral.” This book explores those interweaving dynamics and offers a new way of talking about Wesley’s theological method. This revisioning of Wesley’s method shows how vital and relevant his theology and approach remain even three hundred years after his birth.


An important feature of this work is that it was originally done at the margins of European scholarship and away from the more polemical impulses that have marred some scholarship on Wesley in the United States of America. It represents a fresh and independent perspective that injects fresh insight and vigor into the discussion. It also represents the work of a new generation of scholars who continue to find insight and inspiration in the theology of John Wesley. Clearly Wesley is in good hands in the transition to this new world.

William J. Abraham, Southern Methodist University



About the Author:

Timothy J. Crutcher is Professor of Church History and Theology at Southern Nazarene University. He holds degrees from SNU and Nazarene Theological Seminary, as well as a Ph.D./S.T.D. from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. Before coming to SNU, he taught for several years at Africa Nazarene University in Nairobi, Kenya. He is also an ordained elder in the Church of the Nazarene.





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