Susanna Wesley: The Complete Writings

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Oxford University Press, 26 jun. 1997 - 528 páginas
Susanna Wesley, long celebrated in Methodist mythology as mother of the movement's founders, now takes place as a practical theologian in her own right. This collection of her letters, spiritual diary, and longer treatises (only one of which was published in her lifetime) shows her to be more than the nurturing mother of Wesleyan legend. It also reveals her to be a well-educated woman in conversation with contemporary theological, philosophical, and literary works. Her quotations and allusions include Locke, Pascal, and Herbert, as well as a number of now forgotten theologians. In some of her work, one can distinguish doctrinal and spiritual leanings, such as Arminianism and Christian perfection, that would later find wide expression in the spread of Methodism. Further, her writings demonstrate her readiness, for conscience's sake, to stand up to the men in her life--father, husband, and sons---and the three incarnations of English Protestantism they represented: respectively, Puritanism, the Established Church, and the new Methodist movement. Tracing these incidents in her letters and diaries, a reader can begin to understand how spirituality, even an otherwise conservative one in rather restrictive times, can serve to empower the voice of women.

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JOURNALS
Introduction to the Journals
First Surviving Entries
Keep a Due Guard over Your Words
You Write What Is Familiar to You by Practice
But What Do You Think?
Bend the Whole Force of the Mind in a Serious Use of the Ways
The Most Blest and Happy Day

The Rectory Fire
The Evening Prayers Controversy
An Age of Reasonand Credulity
A Rich Brother in India
Advice to an Oxford
Distinction at Oxford Scandal at Home
A Continuing Cure of Souls
Advisor to the Holy Club
More Advice More Concern
A Widow and a Supportive Critic of Revival
Last Letters
These Blessed Lucid Intervals
To Feel a Vital Joy Overspread and Cheer the Heart
Introduction to the Writings
The Apostles Creed Explicated in a Letter to Her Daughter
A Brief Unfinished Exposition
A Religious Conference between Mother and Emilia
Some Remarks on a Letter from Whitefield
Bibliography
Index
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