Methodist revolution – Evangelical engagements of the church and world

Methodist Revolution is an inspiring book the unlocks the act of protest that offers ironic and valuable testimony that focus on the ways of life that are built upon understanding of life-giving transformation in churches and global economy. Picture: SUPPLIED

The definition of the Wesleyans that best describes it is relating to, or characterising Methodism, especially in its original form or as upheld by the branch of the Methodist Church known as the Wesleyan Methodists.

Wesleyan theology, otherwise known as Wesleyan–Arminian theology, or Methodist theology, is a theological tradition in Protestant Christianity based upon the ministry of the 18th-century.

Further, it refers to the theological system that is contingent from the various sermons of theological treatises, letters, journals, diaries, hymns, and other spiritual writings of the Wesley’s and their contemporary coadjutors such as John William Fletcher.

Wesleyan–Arminian theology, manifest today in Methodism (inclusive of the Holiness movement), is named after its founders, John Wesley in particular, as well as for Jacobus Arminius, since it is a subset of Arminian theology – theological movement in Protestant Christianity that arose as a liberal reaction to the Calvinist doctrine of predestination.

(Castelo, 2007) This book Methodist Revolution is an inspiring book the unlocks the act of protest that offers ironic and valuable testimony that focus on the ways of life that are built upon understanding of life-giving transformation in churches and global economy.

The authors from different locations craft diverse perspectives and themes that coinside in their goal to revise and renew the Methodist tradition based on Wesleyan heritage.

In the Pacific, Methodism itself has been subjected to much analysis and observation in the Wesleyan Holiness Churches.

The authors present reasons that are representations of many other reforms and transformations from well-researched, socially engaged and theologically expressions of Christianity.

The book is well crafted – collection of works from scholars who have the passion for justice and seek to revive Methodist Revolution which is well-known in Methodism.

The chapters of this book are written with particular contexts and struggles in mind that speak to the bigger challenge of the Wesleyan and holiness traditions in this era.

The blend of religion to become social, the need for practitioners to come to terms with the challenges of their times and places in the effort to become part of the transformation in the works of God and God’s Household.

Firstly, the book offers two significant historical perspectives – the Methodist revolution in England and the traditional notion of reconciliation, secondly, the book addresses contemporary global challenges and finally, the book is dedicated to environmental per- ceptions.

At the time when the world is challenged by climate change, ecological crises, political upheavals, economic setbacks, the pandemic and human fragmentation, the contributors provide us with valuable insights of the capacity of the Wesleyan traditions towards transformation of the church and the world through revival, reform and revolution.

Although its primary legacy remains within the various Methodist denominations the Wesleyan tradition, the literature has been refined and reinterpreted as catalyst for other distinct denominations as well.

Methodist Revolutions are still going on where the Gospel of Jesus Christ is performed by the polyphonies of the spirit on the margins of the world and holistic mission notably on Christian Perfection.

Available from PTC Bookshop, Pacific Theological College – 78 Vuya Rd, Nasese, Suva, Fiji. Email: bkshop@ptc.ac.fj Phone (+679) 3311100/9431694 ISBN-13: 978-194-593-594-7 Paperback: 216 pages Price: $F200.00

• JOERG REIGER is a distinguished Professor of Theology and Cal Turner Chancellor in Wesleyan Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

• REVEREND UPOLU LUMA VAAI is a Professor of Theology and Ethics and Principal of the Pacific Theological College in Fiji. He is a Fijian theologian and Pacific indigenous philosopher, specialising in Pacific relationality, eco-relational theology, decolonizing education, and relational hermeneutics.

• VINESH KUMAR MAHARAJ is the publishing manager at the Pacific Theological College. The views expressed are the author’s and do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

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