JOHN WESLEY AS A PUBLIC THEOLOGIAN: THE CASE OF THOUGHTS UPON SLAVERY

David N Field

Abstract


Public theology has become an important mode of theological engagement in secular and pluralistic contexts yet there is debate as to the character of this engagement. This article argues that an analysis of the nascent public theology developed by John Wesley can contribute to the development of a prophetic public theology. This nascent prophetic public theology is best demonstrated in his booklet Thoughts upon Slavery. Wesley’s argument is critically analysed in the context of eighteenth century Britain. On the basis of this analysis eight propositions for a prophetic public theology are developed.


Keywords


John Wesley; Slavery; Public Theology; Prophetic Theology; Methodist Theology

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7833/114-0-1136

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