An Introduction to Wesleyan Theology by William M. Greathouse, H. Ray Dunning

By William M. Greathouse, H. Ray Dunning

This paintings takes the fundamental tenets of John Wesley and states them in additional modern phrases. a very good source if you happen to wish to comprehend the Wesleyan culture. Paper.

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In short, in the way that historical truth is ordinarily brought to light. In the case of philosophical truth, the inquiry turns on the relation of a historically given and ratified doctrine to the eternal truth. Thus the investigating, speculating, knowing subject does indeed ask about the truth, but not about the subjective truth, the truth of appropriation. Thus the investigating subject is of course interested but not infinitely, personally, passionately interested in his relation to this truth in respect of his eternal happiness.

According to the English xxxvii Note on the translation Authorized Version, what fall are crumbs (Greek ψιχ̄ ίον: a crumb of bread), although the Danish Bible has only ‘what falls from the rich man’s table’. Retaining ‘uvidenskabelig’ as ‘unscientific’ in the Postscript’s title is not ideal, as the Hongs recognize by translating ‘Videnskab’ as ‘science and scholarship’. To avoid the awkwardness of this, and for reasons given in the introduction to the present translation, the term ‘unscientific’ has been retained with the proviso that it is not to be understood exclusively, and perhaps not at all, as a riposte to Hegel’s ‘Science’.

On the other hand, it is surely quite impossible for someone who has lost that sense (and it can hardly be anything but an infinite concern) to become eternally happy. Yes, once lost it is perhaps impossible to regain. Those five foolish maidens, they had lost expectation’s infinite passion. So the lamp went out. Then the cry arose that the bridegroom was coming. They ran to the dealer and bought new oil, wanting to start afresh and let everything be forgotten. And everything was indeed forgotten.

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