The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Is An Important Tool For Theological Study And Understanding

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The Wesleyan Quadrilateral is an important tool for theological study and understanding. Although the title includes Wesley’s name, it was not given this formal name until the 1960s by Albeit Outler who summarized Wesley’s methodology in theology.1 The quadrilateral keeps Scripture in supreme authority while giving tradition, reason and experience authority to influence theology.2 Donald Thorsen points out, “The quadrilateral sees not just dependence but interdependence among Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience.”3 Therefore, every student of the Bible needs to engage in the four legs of the quadrilateral, yet keep each leg in its proper relationship and authority with all the others. Therefore, understanding the purpose each leg of the quadrilateral—Scripture, tradition, reason and experience—with its strengths and weaknesses, and the amount of authority each leg should be given, provides greater depth in theological study. The first leg of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral is the Holy Scriptures given to the church by God himself. In fact, the Bible claims for itself that, “All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right.”4 Therefore, God did not write the Bible, rather he inspired its forty writers; which included a poet, a king, a shepherd, a doctor, a tax collector and a fisherman. They wrote the different books of the bible…

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