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WORKS OF THEOLOGY

 

IN THE WESLEYAN-ARMINIAN PERSPECTIVE

 

 

These works of theology are presented for the benefit of ministers and students that may be unaware of their existence or are unable to afford the sets of books—or even to find them. This list is representative of holiness theology but not exhaustive and the fact that any author has been omitted is not necessarily a reflection on the author but merely that a particular work is unknown to this website or is substantially repetitive in content to the works presented here.

The theology of holiness churches falls under the general classification of Arminian Theology and the subset known as Wesleyan-Arminianism; and, the particular emphasis on the second blessing teaching, which became popular in the late Nineteenth Century, is a subset of the latter known as Wesleyan-Holiness.

The Arminian perspective on theology began with James Arminius, a Dutch clergyman and university professor of theology. John Calvin was a leading theologian at the beginning of the Protestant Reformation; as Arminius studied Reformed Theology he discovered what he believed to be a significant inconsistency with Calvin’s theology in that a logical conclusion to his theory of predestination is that God is the author of sin. This was the beginning point where Arminianism diverges from Calvinism.

The major difference has to do with the Arminian understanding of the synergy between the sovereignty of God and the free will of man. Critics of Arminian theology try to classify it as Pelagianism or Semi-Pelagianism because of our belief in free will. However, the Arminian view strongly disagrees with Pelagianism because it does believe in moral depravity arising from the Fall of Adam and that the grace of God is the only way in which man’s will can be freed to cooperate with the will of God. Modern Arminianism is largely associated with John Wesley and referred to as Wesleyan-Arminianism (however, not ALL Arminians are Wesleyan).

The concept of synergism is the reason that Arminianism lends itself to holiness teaching. If God’s grace frees the will and the Holy Spirit lives in the believer to aid that will, it then is possible for a regenerate and Spirit-filled person to live a holy life: to obey what he knows to be the will of God.

The theologies presented here are listed in chronological order. They reflect developing understanding of the theology over time and greater clarification of doctrines where clarification was needed. Russell Byrum was a theology teacher at Anderson College, Anderson, Indiana and is the only known Church of God author to write a systematic theology.

[Note to the student: Most 18th and 19th Century Wesleyan-Arminian theologians were Methodists and favored infant-baptism and opposed baptism by immersion. Most holiness churches, while Wesleyan-Arminian in theology, believe in believer’s baptism by immersion. There also are differences of opinion concerning eschatology; particularly having to do with millennialism. The Lawton Church of God is ammillenial in its eschatology but we present these theologies, some of which tend to premillenialism because that was the author's viewpoint on the subject.]

 

 

THE WORKS OF JAMES ARMINIUS

 

SERMONS OF JOHN WESLEY

 

FIVE CHECKS TO ANTINOMIANISM

by John Fletcher

 

THE LAST CHECK TO ANTINOMIANISM

by John Fletcher

 

CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

by Adam Clarke

 

CLAVIS BIBLICA

by Adam Clarke

 

THEOLOGICAL INSTITUTES

by Richard Watson

 

AUGUSTINISM AND PELAGIANISM 

by G. F. Wiggers

 

SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY

by John Miley

 

ATONEMENT IN CHRIST

by John Miley

 

A  COMPENDIUM OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

by William Burt Pope

 

SUBSTITUTE FOR HOLINESS

By Daniel Steele

 

CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

by Russell R. Byrum

 

THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM

by Philip Mauro

 

CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY

by H. Orton Wliey