Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings by Susanna WesleySusanna Wesley: The Complete Writings by Susanna Wesley

Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings

bySusanna WesleyEditorCharles Wallace

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

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Susanna Wesley, long celebrated in Methodist mythology as mother of the movement's founders, now takes place as a practical theologian in her own right. This collection of her letters, spiritual diary, and longer treatises (only one of which was published in her lifetime) shows her to be morethan the nurturing mother of Wesleyan legend. It also reveals her to be a well-educated woman in conversation with contemporary theological, philosophical, and literary works. Her quotations and allusions include Locke, Pascal, and Herbert, as well as a number of now forgotten theologians. In someof her work, one can distinguish doctrinal and spiritual leanings, such as Arminianism and Christian perfection, that would later find wide expression in the spread of Methodism. Further, her writings demonstrate her readiness, for conscience's sake, to stand up to the men in her life--father,husband, and sons---and the three incarnations of English Protestantism they represented: respectively, Puritanism, the Established Church, and the new Methodist movement. Tracing these incidents in her letters and diaries, a reader can begin to understand how spirituality, even an otherwiseconservative one in rather restrictive times, can serve to empower the voice of women.
Charles Wallace is at University Chaplain, Willamette University. Charles Wallace is at Willamette University.
Title:Susanna Wesley: The Complete WritingsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.49 × 6.38 × 1.34 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Editorial Reviews

"...therre is fascinating material for social history here, particularly for the study of devotion and gender roles in an eighteenth-century Church of England rectory....This collection of Susanna Wesley's works will certainly be a great resource for generations to come."--Anglican TheologicalReview