I try to search original writings by John Wesley on a fairly regular basis. Sometimes, I find myself searching many sources. I found this collection at the Wesley Center Online to be really accessible. The Wesley Center Online website is a collection of historical and scholarly resources about the Wesleyan Tradition, theology, Christianity, and the Church of the Nazarene.
Here is the link to the collection:
Among his many writings, John Wesley edited and abridged a number of devotional classics and republished them in what he called A Christian Library
These “Extracts from and Abridgments of the Choicest Pieces of Practical Divinity Which Have Been Published in the English Tongue,” as Wesley subtitled them, were first published in 50 volumes in 1750. The present digital collection was scanned from the 1821 edition of these classics, published in 30 volumes.
Drs. Stanley Crow of Boise, Idaho, and Herbert McGonigle of the Nazarene Theological College, Didsbury, England allowed the Wesley Center to scan their personal copies of the these priceless volumes. Dr. Randy Maddox of Duke University allowed use of his index of Wesley’s sources and his expanded table of contents.
Here is the Table of Contents for Volume 1 to give you an indication of what is included:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
The Epistles Of The Apostolical Fathers, St. Clement, St. Ignatius, St. Polycarp,The Martyrdoms Of St. Ignatius And St. Polycarp.
The Homilies Of Macarius
An Extract Of John Arndt’s True Christianity, Part I
An Extract Of John Arndt’s True Christianity, Part II
The Second Book, Part I
The Second Book, Part II
The Third Book
The Fourth Book
I’ll be exploring here some more over the next few months.
I appreciated this vocabulary aide:
|WESLEY’S VOCABULARY||TODAY’S EQUIVALENT|
|bowels||center of emotion; often what we mean by “heart”|
|conversation||(often means) manner of life|
|disinterested||impartial (e.g., “disinterested love for all”)|
|end||(often means) purpose, goal (e.g., “to what end”)|
|filial||pertaining to sonship (e.g., “filial love”)|
|nice||overly concerned with what is socially proper|
|peculiar (“peculiar people”)||particular, distinct|