THE SECRET HERITAGE OF JOHN WESLEY (1703-1791)
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!
:: Read or download: “Wesley and the Anglo-Catholic Revival” – G. W. Taylor
“Fecisti nos ad te, Domine, et inquietum est cor nostrum, donec requiescat in te.” – “Thou hast made us for Thyself, Lord, and our heart is restless until it rest in Thee.” –Saint Augustine. (The Latin is quoted in G. W. Taylor’s article, above.)
BOOKS BY JOHN WESLEY already in the D. H. RUFFLE LIBRARY Collection:
12 remarkable and true stories about children and the faith, 31 pages.
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This site is a memorial to Denis H. Ruffle, (1915-1995). Dad’s passion had been seeking unity in Christ’s body through mentoring, dialogue, prayer and encouragement. As a child, I recall him following the progress of the Vatican II Council with keen interest.
After retirement, he led the local parish “Friday Night Fellowship” and as a result, a number of priests and ministers first began the journey of discernment through my father’s prayers and encouragement. He called himself “an ordinary Christian”. In which case, I too desire to follow in his footsteps to begin to be as “ordinary” as this extra-ordinary man surely was.
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