A Fund for ‘Evangelical’ Scholars

Article by Albert C. Outler

"A Foundation for Theological Education" (AFTE) is a small private fund, based largely in Texas, with a predominantly United Methodist constituency and a special interest in the renewal and transvaluation of the Wesleyan tradition — not "for Methodists only" but for the Christian community at large. Its board, which includes bishops, theological professors, pastors and …

Wesley – Conclusions

Article by John B. Cobb, Jr.

What can Wesley do for us today? That has been the issue of all of these lectures. It has been my proposal that he can support Wesleyan evangelicals and free them from their tendency to knee-jerk conservatism, moralism, and negativism. He can support Wesleyan liberals and free them from their tendency to humanism, to relativism, …

Wesley the Liberal

Article by John B. Cobb, Jr.

My dictionary gives as its first meaning of “liberal” a political definition. To be liberal is to support “political views or policies that favor non revolutionary progress and reform.” In Wesley’s day that definition fit the Whigs rather than the Tories. But Wesley was a Tory. The progress and reform advocated by the Whigs was …

Wesley the Liberationist

Article by John B. Cobb, Jr.

Calling Wesley an evangelical and a liberal is not particularly anachronistic. These terms have well-established meaning in relation to eighteenth-century figures, and both clearly apply to him. I have of course gone on to speculate about how Wesley would have responded to issues he did not face, and there I may be accused of anachronism. …