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This collection seeks to re-invoke the notion of conversation as an identifiable experience in a Christian's life in opposition to gradualist soteriologies that now predominate, in the opinion of the contributors, among Methodists. The notion of conversion is explored by a diverse body of scholars from various Methodist traditions and fields of study--bible, history, theology and practical.
This new collection of essays explores the subject of conversion in the Wesleyan tradition from biblical, historical, theological, and practical points of view. Written by leading Wesleyan scholars, the essays reinvoke the notion of conversion as an identifiable experience in the Christian's life. The contributors, drawn from a diversity of backgrounds, rightly call for a much needed, and inclusive, balance: process and instantaneousness, nurture and regeneration, holy living and vibrant faith. The recovery of conversion as an illuminating paradigm of saving grace promises both renewal and revitalization in the Wesleyan tradition.
John H. Tyson is senior pastor of Hay Street United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. He has a M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and a Ph.D. from University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Dr. Tyson is active in his home conference where he has pastored multi-point charges and churches in rural, urban, and suburban settings.
Kenneth J. Collins is Professor of Historical Theology and Wesley Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky, and an elder in the Kentucky Conference of The United Methodist Church. He also teaches at the Baltic Methodist Theological Seminary in Estonia, and is a member of the Wesleyan Theological Society, Wesley Historical Society, and Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality. He is the author of A Real Christian: The Life of John Wesley, The Scripture Way of Salvation: The Heart of John Wesley's Theology, co-editor of Conversion in the Wesleyan Tradition, and John Wesley: A Theological Journey.