Partakers of the Life Divine
Participation in the Divine Nature in the Writings of Charles Wesley
Imprint: Cascade Books
"This volume is the fruit of decades of work by S T Kimbrough Jr. to bring serious consideration of Charles Wesley's theology into the conversation between Eastern and Western theologians over the themes of deification and participation in the divine nature. It provides a comprehensive survey of Wesley on these topics, and advances the discussion at several points. Highly recommended!"
--Randy L. Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, The Divinity School, Duke University
"S T Kimbrough Jr. demonstrates exhaustively that mystical, sacramental union with God and participation in the divine nature is at the heart of Charles Wesley's thought and experience, parallel to the Fathers of the Eastern Church. This contrasts starkly with prevailing Protestant interpretations of Wesleyan thought. For Orthodox readers, the fact that Wesley's understanding was shaped entirely outside the boundaries of the Eastern Church may be akin to the apostle Peter's discovery that Gentiles could have the same experience of the Holy Spirit as the Jerusalem community did on Pentecost. Charles Wesley could thus be a bridge of shared spiritual life, looking toward the never-ending day of God's eternal kingdom, when 'Love, like death, hath all destroyed / Rendered all distinctions void: / Names, and sects, and parties fall; / Thou, O Christ, art ALL in ALL!"
--John A. Jillions, Chancellor Orthodox Church in America
"S T Kimbrough has made a jewel of a book out of his lifelong interest in the life of the churches and the historical traditions core to the greater ecclesiastical tradition. In this lively study he makes a bridge for readers between the spiritual traditions of the reformed world through Wesley and other luminaries, and the early Christian doctrines about redemption under the analogy of deification by grace."
--John A. McGuckin, Professor of Byzantine History, Columbia University