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Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials
Abingdon Press / 2011 / Paperback
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* An outstanding primer on the history and beliefs of Wesleyan churches. Facilitating an ecumenical dialogue between the Methodist tradition and other Christian denominations, this new edition of Campbell's accessible resource offers brief summaries of key Methodist doctrines concerning religious authority, God, Christ, the Holy Spirit, the "Way of Salvation," the church, the sacraments, and more. 176 pages, softcover from Abingdon.
In this concise, accessible book, Dr. Ted Campbell provides a brief summary of the major doctrines shared in the Wesley family of denominations. Writing in concise and straightforward language, Campbell organizes the material into systematic categories: doctrine of revelation, doctrine of God, doctrine of Christ, doctrine of the Spirit, doctrine of humanity, doctrine of "the way of salvation" (conversion/justification/sanctification), doctrine of the church and means of grace, and doctrine of thing to come. He also supplies substantial but simplified updated references in the margins of the book that allow for easy identification of his sources.
John Wesley distinguished between essential doctrines on which agreement or consensus is critical and opinions about theology or church practices on which disagreement must be allowed. Though today few people join churches based on doctrinal commitments, once a person has joined a church it becomes important to know the teachings of that church's tradition. In Methodist Doctrine: The Essentials, Ted Campbell outlines historical doctrinal consensus in American Episcopal Methodist Churches in a comparative and ecumenical dialogue with the doctrinal inheritance of other major families of Christian tradition. In this way, the book shows both what Methodist churches historically teach in common with ecumenical Christianity and what is distinctive about the Methodist tradition in its various contemporary forms.
Ted A. Campbell is Associate Professor of Church History at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and has authored the following books for Abingdon Press: Methodist Doctrine, Wesley and the Quadrilateral, Wesleyan Essential in a Multicultural Society, John Wesley and Christian Antiquity, and The Religion of the Heart.
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