John Fletcher's theology of Pentecost is generally unknown today, and this book is the first comprehensive treatise on this subject. His writings were in large part responsible for shaping the theology of early American Methodism, especially his treatise on Christian Perfection, which highlighted a theology of Pentecostal sanctification. Wood recounts the decisive influence Fletcher had on early Methodism, and shows that his writings were able to "control the opinions of the largest and most effective body of evangelical clergymen of the earth." Fletcher's views on the Holy Spirit were also relevant in the ecumenical movement, specifically with reference to the World Council of Churches Commission on Faith and Order held in Lima, Peru, in 1982. This group recommended the introduction of a liturgy of the Spirit in Christian baptism. For students and scholars or general readers interested in Methodist history and theology. Also a resource for pastors-helpful in developing a theology of Pentecost that will preach in a relevant way in the contemporary world.
About the Author
Laurence W. Wood is Frank Paul Morris Professor of Systematic Theology, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY and Editor of The Asbury Theological Journal. He has published numerous articles and two books on the subject of theology.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 ABBREVIATIONS Chapter 2 FOREWORD Chapter 3 PREFACE Chapter 4 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS Chapter 5 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCING JOHN FLETCHER AND THE FORGOTTEN, LATER WESLEY Chapter 6 CHAPTER 2: REDISCOVERING PENTECOST IN EARLY METHODISM Chapter 7 CHAPTER 3: MISUNDERSTANDING AND RECONCILIATION OVER THE MEANING OF PENTECOST Chapter 8 CHAPTER 4: TENSIONS OVER FLETCHER'S INTERPRETATION OF WESLEY Chapter 9 CHAPTER 5: WESLEY'S AUTHORIZED INTERPRETER AND DESIGNATED SUCCESSOR Chapter 10 CHAPTER 6: THE THEOLOGIAN OF METHODISM Chapter 11 CHAPTER 7: THE DOCTRINE OF DISPENSATIONS Chapter 12 CHAPTER 8: AN ECCLESIASTICAL DILEMMA AND PENTECOSTAL SOLUTION Chapter 13 CHAPTER 9: THE PENTECOSTAL WESLEY AND HIS LATER SERMONS Chapter 14 CHAPTER 10: THE ARMINIAN MAGAZINE AND PENTECOSTAL PERFECTION Chapter 15 CHAPTER 11: THE PENTECOSTALISM OF MARY (BOSANQUET) FLETCHER Chapter 16 CHAPTER 12: SOME EARLY METHODIST PREACHERS AND THE MOTIF OF PENTECOST Chapter 17 CHAPTER 13: FLETCHER'S LEGACY IN AMERICAN METHODISM Chapter 18 CHAPTER 14: FLETCHER'S LEGACY DISPUTED AS THE MEANING OF PENTECOST WAS DEBATED IN LATE NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICAN METHODISM Chapter 19 CHAPTER 15: WESLEY AND FLETCHER ON THE ANGLICAN RITE OF CONFIRMATION Chapter 20 CHAPTER 16: THE ECUMENICAL RELEVANCE OF FLETCHER'S PNEUMATOLOGY FOR THE LITURGICAL RENEWAL MOVEMENT Chapter 21 A SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY Chapter 22 INDEX Chapter 23 ABOUT THE AUTHOR