The Theology Of John Wesley : Holy Love And The Shape Of Grace

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In Collins’s textbook, The Theology of John Wesley: Holy Love and the Shape of Grace, Collins explain John Wesley theology of image of God based on grace, and it is his main thesis of his work in this book. Collins try to make sense of John Wesley’s understanding of grace through image of God in three shapes “natural, political, and moral images” (Collins 51). When theologians reckon with these two senses of grace that are such an integral part of Wesley’s practical theology they often map them along a juridical / therapeutic axis. In the scheme, grace as divine favor principally corresponds to the juridical theme of justification and grace as divine, enabling power corresponds to the participatory themes of regeneration and entire sanctification. Such framework, however in its broad-stroke assessment and does not accurately describe the intricate nature and subtleties of Wesley’s practical theology as chapter 5 and chapter 6 (Collins 13 – 14). Collins attempts to critique Wesley’s writings and theories but so far the Wesley’s own theological voice remain clear and distinct. Collins suggest that it is a frame that is inclusive not exclusive therefore we must embrace three world. The first world is that of the text itself, that is Wesley’s own writings in the eighteenth-century context, in terms of letters, journals, diaries, hymns, and theological treaties. The task of the historian and theologian is not simply to ascertain the text in what is looks low criticism,…

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