John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'

By J. Robert Ewbank

John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'

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  • ISBN: 9781606085783
  • Pages: 198
  • Publication Date: 6/5/2009
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40
Web Price: $18.40

John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'

By J. Robert Ewbank

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PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781606085783
  • Pages: 198
  • Publication Date: 6/5/2009
  • Retail Price: $23.00
Web Price: $18.40

About-

John Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, is one of the world's greatest religious figures. A practical rather than systematic theologian, he wrote and preached for the common man. He is well known as a man of one book (the Bible) but he read like no other during his time. We are left with fourteen volumes of his works and eight each of his letters and journals. His brother became the troubadour of Methodism, writing countless hymns. John also took classic Christian works and edited them for the common man to read. And if this were not enough, he preached thousands of times both indoors and out.
In John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms', J. Robert Ewbank examines what Wesley thought about other religions. Did he think all religions were from God and therefore there was little difference between them, or did he think that there is uniqueness in Christianity? Was he concerned about other philosophies and thoughts about religion popular in his day? What did he think about Natural Man, the Indians, the Deists, the Jews, the Roman Catholics, and the Mystics? Were they also fine with him, or did he discuss the differences between them, revealing where he found them wrong?
Furthermore, what did Wesley think about the possibility of salvation for all those who held to these other positions? Did he find that it is possible for them to be saved by a loving God, or have they stepped outside of the bounds, therefore requiring extreme difficulty to be saved?

Endorsements & Reviews-

"I learned a lot from this book! I've been a pastor for 40 years but there is always something new to learn and this book is very educational and interesting. Ewbank's book is an examination of John Wesley's theology regarding various "isms" of his day. Much of the book is a study of Christianity as it relates and contrasts to some of the movements of the 18th century. The book is a compelling read especially for those of us who have not come from the Methodist tradition.

"My biggest surprise was the fact that even though it was written about issues involved in the 18th century, so much of what was true then, is still the case today. Eubank does a wonderful job of connecting a the dots from Wesley's preaching to current trends in ministry and theology. Though seminary trained, I had little exposure to the doctrines of Calvinism, Pelagianism, and prevenient grace. The research presented in this book has given me a desire to learn more about Wesley and the "isms" he faced.

"John Wesley, Natural Man, and the "Isms" is very astutely outlined, well-researched and well-documented. I especially appreciate the attention to documentation as this is so often lacking in many of today's books of this nature.

"Whether you end up agreeing with Wesley or not, I think you will end up with a better appreciation for him, his time, and his teaching.

--Terry Bell. Author of "The Love Ethic: Rediscovering Our Moral Ethic."
Adjunct Professor, Oklahoma Wesleyan University, Tulsa OK

"In a time of enormous stress on the entire human family as we try to understand, appreciate, and celebrate our diversity, J. Robert Ewbank has given us an excellent resource to help us deeply consider the issues and continue to affirm the core values and theology of the Christian movement."
--Rueben P. Job, author of Three Simple Rules

Contributors-

J. Robert Ewbank

Bio(s)-

J. Robert "Bob" Ewbank, is third generation Methodist Minister. He earned degrees from Baker University and Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Currently he is active in church and community affairs and a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church, Mobile, Alabama.

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