By Paul W. Chilcote

This booklet examines the first biblical topics within the lyrical theology of Charles Wesley, the grasp hymn author and cofounder of the Methodist circulation. Methodism used to be born in track, and it really is hugely uncertain no matter if with out the hymns of Charles Wesley there might have been a Methodist revival. Charles's hymns have exerted a huge impact on Methodist doctrine and Methodist humans over the years. they're primarily mosaics of biblical texts; in making a song those hymns, Methodists have sung the grand narrative of redemption and recovery within the biblical witness. A precis checklist of key biblical texts drawn from the 1780 Collection of Hymns for using the folk referred to as Methodists serves as a summa of Charles Wesley's theology and issues to the doctrinal issues that formed his existence so much totally. meant as an exploration of Wesleyan theology in the course of the lens of "sung doctrine," this examine demonstrates the world-making and life-shaping influence of hymns, and how within which they emanate from Charles Wesley's lifetime of prayer and evoke a lifetime of service.

"Charles Wesley's hymns are one of many richest assets that experience sustained Methodists throughout the centuries. they aren't simply autos of compliment; Wesley crafted them to immerse the singer within the center of Christian religion, and so embed it of their being. In his standard transparent and winsome sort, Paul Chilcote highlights the crucial emphases of Wesley's wealthy hymnic theology. hugely recommended."
--Randy L. Maddox, William Kellon quickly Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist stories, Duke Divinity School

"Delightful! A religion That Sings throbs with the enjoyment and social gathering of Charles Wesley's hymns. Lavishly documented with Wesleyan hymns and pertinent secondary literature, this survey of the most parts of Charles Wesley's theology is a far wanted addition to the sphere. From "Incarnation" to "Heaven" so much significant subject matters are taken care of in a tantalizing demeanour. relatively very important is the eye which Chilcote offers the hitherto unexplored territory of Wesley's theology of prayer. This introductory survey is a must-read for all scholars of Methodism!"
--John R. Tyson, Professor of Church historical past, and Director of Methodist stories, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity college, Rochester, new york

"In the Wesleyan culture, hymns were known as 'other prayers,' and theology has been sung in addition to written or preached. Chilcote has mined the hymnody of Charles Wesley, not just displaying how hymns have been on the middle of the early Methodist flow, yet how very important it's for us continuously to have a religion that sings." 
--Steve Harper, retired Professor of non secular Formation and Wesley Studies

"Affirming that Charles Wesley's theology-rich hymns offer a medium for Christian educating in addition to for compliment and prayer, Chilcote selects consultant Wesley hymn texts so that it will discover 9 middle biblical and christological subject matters. the result's a fascinating, obtainable, insightful--and even inspirational--primer on Wesleyan theology. every one reader, regardless of the theological education or position at the non secular trip, will locate this ebook to be a precious resource."
--Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Boston University

Paul W. Chilcote is educational Dean and Professor of ancient Theology & Wesleyan reviews at Ashland Theological Seminary in Ohio.

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