John Wesley’s Place in the Protestant Reformation


The Protestant Reformation launched early in the 16th century, so how might an 18th century church leader named John Wesley fit into this picture? Watch this Seven Minute Seminary by Dr. Larry Wood to find out.

John Wesley was influenced by the English Reformation, since he was, until his death, an Anglican churchman. Anglicanism, as opposed to much of the continental reformations, was more deeply rooted in the Trinitarian theology and spirituality of the early church. This had a profound bearing on Wesley’s doctrine and on the vision of the Christian life as he understood it.

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Dr. Laurence W. Wood is the Frank Paul Morris Professor of Systematic Theology. His areas of expertise include systematic theology, contemporary theology, Wesleyan theology and Wesley Studies. He has authored five books. His book The Meaning of Pentecost in Early Methodism, Rediscovering John Fletcher as John Wesley’s Vindicator and Designated Successor (Scarecrow Press, 2003) was the winner of the Smith Wynkoop 2003 Book of the Year award presented by the Wesleyan Theological Society. Dr. Wood is an ordained elder in the Kentucky Conference of the United Methodist Church.