World and Writings of John Wesley

CHTH G105-C05 or CH/TH 6XJ6

Fall 2022
Tues 11:00am - 12:50pm

Considered by many to be the “father of evangelicalism,” John Wesley is a fascinating figure who was instrumental in the formation of modern-day evangelicalism. This course will examine his life, theology, impact, as well as study his social context and associates (and enemies!).


  • to provide students with an understanding of John Wesley’s life and writings, as well as his contribution to the life of the church over the centuries


  • to explore – and ultimately appreciate – the diverse ways people and movements have shaped the history of Christianity
  • to create an awareness of the breadth and diversity of the Church, and provide a sense of “place” within the many church traditions
  • to be discern one’s calling for service in the church


  • to develop in each student an ability to assess documents and situations from an historical perspective – and in particular, to be able to assess critically the various claims made about Wesley throughout the church’s history
  • to learn from Wesley’s life and writings so as to be a more effective leader in the church, academy and the world