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REQUIRED TEXTS 1. David L. Smith, A Handbook of Contemporary Theology (Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2000). This book provides a brief survey of the major current theological movements. 2. 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. 223-385. 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. 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, which can be preached and lived. 3. Doctrine and Theology in the United Methodist Church, ed. Thomas A. Langford (Nashville: Kingswood Books, 1991). Selected chapters. 4. Optional readings are recommended. Many of these readings are by United Methodists and are intended to supplement the readings in A Handbook of Contemporary Theology.

Publication Date

January 2005


Asbury Theological Seminary


Kentucky, Fall, DO670



DO 670 United Methodist Theology