GEMS from our Archives: The Secret Heritage of John Wesley


This week, we highlight an early 20th century document we’ve unearthed that puts a new spin on the theology of revivalist preacher and founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Wesley was greatly used by God to spread a revival of faith among the commoners of England and also, travelling by horseback, to the ‘new colonies’ – the United States. Although he remained a Church of England clergyman, the Methodist denomination owes its roots to his life, witness, ministry and Gospel zeal. Here then is an essay published in 1905 by SPCK (the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge – the 3rd oldest publishing house in the UK).  Written by G. W. Taylor, it attempts to link the early 19th century Ango-Catholic liturgical revival to the theology and practice of Wesley – otherwise thought to be a low-churchman. Who would have thought to link the worthy names of the Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)  – one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement in the 1830s, who as an Anglican priest, later became Roman Catholic and subsequently made a cardinal – and John Wesley, (1703-1791) – a product of the Reformation if ever there was one! Their births were almost exactly one century apart,  with Wesley impacting the 18th and Newman the 19th. Both of course, shared a deep passion and devotion to Jesus Christ our Lord. But did they have much more in common  than we have previously thought? Read this 13 page document to find out! -John Ruffle, 22/01/2012

Wesley and the Anglo-Catholic Revival – G. W. Taylor 

BOOKS BY JOHN WESLEY already in the D. H. RUFFLE LIBRARY Collection:

“Book of Stories of Boys and Girls”  by John Wesley- Page link HERE 

12 remarkable and true stories about children and the faith, 31 pages.

“John Wesley’s “Notes on the Bible”  – Page link HERE  

“John Wesley’s Journal” -Page link HERE


For other volumes NEW this week, click HERE


3 thoughts on “GEMS from our Archives: The Secret Heritage of John Wesley”

  1. Wesley didn’t actually travel by horseback from England to the Colonies, but it DOES sound like it if you believe my post! But, since it was in the age before steam, it would have been on a sailing ship. From the top of my head and without revertin to Wiki, I think Wesley crossed the Atlantic in this manner about 6 times, – please someone leave a reply and comment me here if I’m wrong! Oh- I really hope you enjoy the post. Don’t worry about the Latin in it; (it was taught in most schools 100 years ago!) I will try to get those quotes translated and post them up here.)

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