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Title: Interdependence of law and grace in John Wesley's teaching and preaching
Author: Tyson, John Horton
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1992
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The purpose of this study is to prove that from 1738, in Wesley's preaching and teaching, both law and grace are proclaimed and function together in strict interdependence. Wesley firmly resisted all attempts to disrupt the delicate theological balance between these two elements. In exploring this idea, we will first trace the formation of Wesley's theology of law and grace, through the moralistic influence of the Church of England and the evangelical influence of the Moravians. Then we will examine the controversies which help illustrate the interdependence of law and grace, as well as the boundaries of each, in Wesley's thinking. We shall see that Wesley's doctrine of the moral law is dependent upon grace in that the desire and ability to fulfil the law comes only by the grace of faith. Wesley's doctrine of grace is dependent upon the law in that faith can be maintained and strengthened only through obedience, and in that without obedience to the moral law the fruits and purpose of grace are made void. Without Wesley's doctrine of grace, his doctrine of law is mere legalism. Yet without the law his doctrine of grace is utterly frustrated, since the ultimate purpose of grace in Wesley's thinking is to make possible that sanctification which is the fulfilling of the law. The contention of this thesis, however, is not merely that Wesley's doctrines of law and grace are interdependent, but that they are strictly interdependent. By strictly interdependent I mean that this interdependence is precisely defined at certain key points, and that these key points of interdependence remain constant without exception from 1738.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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