Jonathan Marlowe & Methodist/Wesleyan Theology
Taking up my challenge in the comments after the Wesley post, Jonathan Marlowe, UMC minister who blogs at The Ivy Bush, will write a series of posts profiling those he decides are the Ten (10) Most Important Methodist Theologians Since the Wesleys. [update: He will do 20! 1st installment up today!] He has 16 candidates so far. 🙂 Especially (but not only) if you hail from the Methodist or Wesleyan tradition, check out his list and upcoming series. Discuss/debate with his choices. I have too often heard non-Wesleyans and non-Methodists (especially Lutherans and the Reformed) claim that the movement is long on organization and short on theological depth. I don’t think that is true and I hope this series displays some of the theological depth in this form of global Christianity. I have also challenged Jonathan to follow the series with a list of “New Voices” in the tradition from around the world.
Here’s Jonathan’s current list of 16 which he hopes to whittle to 10:
Contemporary with John and Charles Wesley in the 18th C.:
John Fletcher (first “systematic” Methodist theologian), Thomas Coke, and the Calvinistic Methodist, George Whitefield.
Since that era (in no particular order). Those marked with an asterisk * are not known to me:
Edwin Lewis *
Borden Parker Bowne
Edgar Sheffield (E.S.) Brightman
Thomas C. Oden
Stanley Hauerwas (recently become an Episcopalian)
E. Stanley Jones
Richard B. Hays
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