THE SECRET HERITAGE OF JOHN WESLEY (1703-1791)
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.
I’ve unearthed an early 20th century document that puts a new spin on the theology of revivalist preacher and founder of Methodism, John Wesley.
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 Anglo-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!
“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, below.)
BOOKS BY JOHN WESLEY:
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