Event Title

John Wesley’s Doctrine of God

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Room N235

Start Date

7-2-2020 11:30 AM

End Date

7-2-2020 12:00 PM

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This paper examines John Wesley’s writings to propose how his doctrine of God may best be categorized in relation to strict classical theism or modified classical theism. Of relevance are several key areas—namely, (1) eternity, (2) the interrelated concepts of omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience, and (3) divine love.

Wesley’s writings on omnipotence, omnipresence, and omnipotence seem to align closely with classical theism. However, Wesley’s writings on eternity, unlike classical theism, seem to indicate some form of God’s temporality. His understanding of divine love and providence contains elements of reciprocity. Thus, when Wesley’s view of God’s attributes is coupled with Wesley’s understanding of divine eternity and divine love, they indicate a departure from strict classical theism toward a more modified classical theism, whether Wesley himself was aware of it or not.

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Feb 7th, 11:30 AM Feb 7th, 12:00 PM

John Wesley’s Doctrine of God

Room N235

This paper examines John Wesley’s writings to propose how his doctrine of God may best be categorized in relation to strict classical theism or modified classical theism. Of relevance are several key areas—namely, (1) eternity, (2) the interrelated concepts of omnipotence, omnipresence, and omniscience, and (3) divine love.

Wesley’s writings on omnipotence, omnipresence, and omnipotence seem to align closely with classical theism. However, Wesley’s writings on eternity, unlike classical theism, seem to indicate some form of God’s temporality. His understanding of divine love and providence contains elements of reciprocity. Thus, when Wesley’s view of God’s attributes is coupled with Wesley’s understanding of divine eternity and divine love, they indicate a departure from strict classical theism toward a more modified classical theism, whether Wesley himself was aware of it or not.