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1. Thomas A. Langford, Practical Divinity. Theology in the Wesleyan Tradition (Nashville: Abingdon Press, 1998). Selected chapters. 2. David L. Smith, A Handbook of Contemporary Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000). This book provides a survey of the major current theological movements. This book is not a substitute for reading original sources, and it is used here as a tool for introducing students to a wide range of theological options in contemporary theology. 3. L. Wood, The Meaning of Pentecost in Early Methodism, Rediscovering John Fletcher As John Wesley’s Vindicator and Designated Successor (Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2002). Chapters 11-16, pp. 209-385. Pneumatology has been a central focus of Asbury Theological Seminary since its very beginning. This corresponds to its emphasis upon Christian perfection. This book shows that the baptism with the Spirit and Pentecostal terminology were widely used in 19th Century American Methodism. The last chapters of this book explore this theme in Methodist history since Wesley. Students will be introduced to some of the leading early British and American Methodists. The first half of this book is about John Fletcher “pentecostalizing” John Wesley’s theology and it serves as a text in DO690. An assumption of this book is that spiritual vitality in United Methodism depends upon an adequate theology of the Holy Spirit. 4. Selected Readings on the E-Library Reserve. 5. Strongly Recommended, but not required: Doctrine and Theology in the United Methodist Church (Nashville: Kingswood Books, 1991).
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