John Wesley and His Contributions Term Paper by Nicky

A look John Wesley's contributions to religion and society.
# 149708 | 1,475 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 28, 2011 in Religion and Theology (Christianity)

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This paper examines how John Wesley challenged the accepted outlook of the Church of England through social reform and ethical faith. It further describes his role as founder of the Methodist movement and how he encouraged his followers to preach simple faith especially among the poor. Additionally the paper notes how the Industrial Revolution impacted Wesley's ministry and how the impoverished suffered at this time. The paper concludes by stating that John Wesley was a revolutionary figure within the Christian church, much in the same manner that Jesus himself sought to invoke positive change.

From the Paper:

"Most particularly, Wesley would run afoul of the Church by engaging the practice of ordaining his own ministers to spread to Word of God. It was his determination to do so in response to what he considered the broadness of his goal and the incapacity of the Church under its institutionalized structure to meet this goal. Based on the conception that God's grace was entitled to the poor as well as rich, Wesley sought to take his message out of the church and to the urban street corners and rural countrysides where this was most needed. In order to spread these values more extensively, Wesley began to train his own disciples, who upon preaching without the ordained permission of the Church, began to engender hostility and even violent retribution."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Heitzen Heitzenrater, Richard P. The Poor and the People Called Methodists. Nashville: Kingswood Books, 2002.
  • Jennings Theodore W. Jr. Good News to the Poor: John Wesley's Evangelical Economics. Nashville: Abingdon, 1990.
  • Marquardt, Manfred. John Wesley's Social Ethics. Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.
  • Meeks, Douglas M., ed. The Portion of the Poor: Good News to the Poor in the Wesleyan Tradition. Nashville: Kingswood Books, 1995.
  • Snyder, Howard A. The Radical Wesley And Patterns for Church Renewal. Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 1996.

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