A Man Of One Book?: John Wesley's Interpretation and Use of the Bible (Studies in Evangelical History and Thought)

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John Wesley claimed to be a man of one book the Bible. He was clear in his mind what the Bible meant and taught. Donald Bullen carefully explores the biblical hermeneutic of John Wesley. Using the insights of ReaderResponse Criticism we may comprehend better Wesley's understanding and interpretation of the Bible. The socalled Quadrilateral rooted in American Methodism gives further insight into Wesley's use of tradition experience reason Scripture and their interrelation.

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Donald A Bullen is a Methodist minister in Liverpool. Following his retirement in 1997 he undertook the doctoral research on which this book is based.

Kenneth G. C. Newport is Professor of Christian Thought, Liverpool Hope University College.

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"This exciting book explains how John Wesley read the Bible as a philosophically informed High Church, Arminian Anglican and how he was thereby able to reconcile scripture, reason, and tradition in a way which remains exemplary and important." — R. John Elford, Liverpool Hope University "This is an important contribution to two disciplines—biblical scholarship and Wesley studies—and I am delighted to see it published." — Kenneth G. C. Newport, from the Foreword "Dr. Bullen has produced a comprehensive and illuminating study of John Wesley's doctrine and use of the Bible. He makes clear that, though for Wesley Scripture was always the supreme authority for faith and life, he also made creative use of tradition, reason, and personal experience as offering contemporary, as well as historical, understanding for Christian Bible study." — John A. Newton, CBE, Wesley Historical Society

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