rss_2.0Holiness FeedSciendo RSS Feed for Holiness 's Cover Together in Unity and Interdependence: Reviving the African Spirit of Altruism and Benevolence<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>How can we live together in peace? This article reflects on the need to develop an ethic of social responsibility that values and enhances solidarity. It is a response to the proliferation of violence in many African communities and seeks to argue against egoism (individualism) which it considers the root cause of much political and socio-economic insecurity across the continent. It maintains that a way of addressing this situation is the development of an altruistic mindset. The article thus attempts to combine traditional African cultural and religious narratives with comparable principles within the Christian tradition in order to explore the importance of altruistic action in the contemporary African context.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-04-14T00:00:00.000+00:00Educating for Social Holiness in Institutions of Higher Education in Africa: Toward an Innovative Afrocentric Curriculum for Methodist Theological Education<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>In 2016, South Africa saw student and staff protests calling for the decolonisation of the teaching curriculum in institutions of Higher Education. Although these protests were centred in public universities, the issue of decolonisation also affects private institutions such as seminaries that need to transform curricula from being permeated with Western idealism to being authentically African. This article explores this issue for Methodist theological education. It argues that decolonisation affects not only the content of the teaching curriculum but also matters such as staffing and curriculum development. Its focus is to develop ways of implementing an Afrocentric curriculum in African Methodist seminaries.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-04-14T00:00:00.000+00:00Living Theology: Methodists Respond to a Call to Holiness<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The doctrinal standards of the Methodist Church in Britain assert a vocation of holiness yet what is unclear is the strategy through which this vocation might be enabled. The author outlines research that describes diverse responses to holiness within one particular British Methodist church. Throughout the article, the author asserts the relational nature of holiness and therefore presents an authentic and effective way for enabling local Methodist churches to engage with their Methodist doctrine through local and rooted relationships joining together in spiritual exploration and sharing in God's ministry.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-04-14T00:00:00.000+00:00The Impact of Garrick Braide's Revival on the Growth of Methodism in Eastern Nigeria between 1910 and 1932<abstract> <title style='display:none'>Abstract</title> <p>The missionaries of the Primitive Methodist Mission pioneered into Igboland in 1910 and encountered opposition and difficulties. Efforts to become established were hindered by several factors. However, starting from 1914, a religious awakening led by Garrick Braide, an African convert of Niger Delta Pastorate Church (i.e. Anglican Church in the Niger Delta), spread throughout Igboland causing widespread religious revival. Using original source material, this article examines how the Primitive Methodist Mission benefitted greatly from this religious awakening, and subsequently witnessed phenomenal growth and consolidation in Igboland.</p> </abstract>ARTICLE2021-04-14T00:00:00.000+00:00Editorial‘Finish Then Thy New Creation’: God's Promise to Inherit the World<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>In Romans 4:13, Paul characterizes God's promise to Abraham as the inheritance of the world. This promise, Paul argues, extends to Abraham's descendants, not according to the flesh, but to all who believe in the one who raised Jesus from the dead (Rom 4:25). What does it mean for believers to be heirs of God's promise to ‘inherit the world’? This article considers God's promise in light of the apostle's confidence in the reconciliation of the whole world and the renewal of creation, and also in the context of the hymns and sermons of Charles and John Wesley. The promise to inherit the world indicates that God has not abandoned God's creation, but is actively engaged in redeeming it. This article was originally presented as a paper at the 2018 Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Assimilation, Accommodation and Appropriation: Three attitudes to truth in science and religion<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>This article addresses the relationship between experience and belief, focusing on the role of science in the debate between secular Humanism and Christianity. It suggests that the possibility of appropriating experience to belief – taking action to bring experience into line with belief – distinguishes spiritual belief from systematic belief (in which the object is independent of beliefs about it); but that the boundary between these two forms of belief is itself a matter of (metaphysical) belief. Understanding science and religion, Humanism and Christianity in relationship to systematic and spiritual belief-structures helps to bring clarity to the debate.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Social Holiness and Social Justice<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>This article explores the connection between social holiness and social justice. It accepts the view of Andrew C Thompson that ‘social holiness’ in Methodist history has a distinctive meaning which was not linked to, and quite different from, the notion of social justice. However, it argues that encountering grace was not restricted to the gathering of Christians in Wesley's theology or practice and that missional engagement opens another channel or means of grace. Acts of mercy are themselves expressions of and encounters with holiness, so that holiness will lead us to justice and justice to holiness. Social holiness and social justice are, thus, part of a divine ecology where one follows the other in the rhythm of discipleship.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00John Wesley and Methodist Responses to Slavery in America<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>John Wesley considered the slave trade to be a national disgrace. However, while the American Methodist Church had initially made bold declarations concerning the evils of slavery, the practical application of this principled opposition was seriously compromised, obstructed by the leviathan of the plantation economy prominent in this period of American history. This paper surveys a variety of Methodist responses to slavery and race, exploring the dialectical germination of ideas like holiness, liberty and equality within the realities of the Antebellum context.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00‘If it is teaching, then teach!’ (Romans 12:7): ministry, big issues and grown-up discipleship<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>After addressing the teaching and learning context in which contemporary theology exists, this article seeks to address contemporary Methodism and Methodist theology. Drawing on Scripture and theologians, it is argued that the Church is a creation of the Holy Spirit, and knows itself as such not only as it is created intensely so by an event of the Spirit of God, but also that the purpose of this intensive indwelling work of the Holy Spirit is to push the Church beyond its boundaries and orientate it onto the world. In light of this, seven motifs are identified for a theology which seeks to serve the Church.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00The end of theological education – is wisdom the principal thing?<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>This article invites reflection on the theological purposes of the education of church leaders. It is conceived as a piece of practical theology that arises from the challenge to the Wesley House Trustees in Cambridge to reconceive and re-articulate their vision for theological education in a time of turbulence and change. I reflect on Wesley House’s inheritance as a community of formation (<italic>paideia</italic>) and rigorous scholarship (<italic>Wissenschaft</italic>); and on the opportunities offered for the future of theological education in this context by a serious engagement with both the practices and concepts of phronēsis and poiēsis and a dialogical understanding of biblical wisdom, as Wesley House seeks to offer itself as a cross-cultural community of prayer and study to an international Methodist constituency.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00A discipleship movement shaped for mission: forming a new ecclesial identity for British Methodism?<abstract><title style='display:none'>Abstract</title><p>The article tracks the development of a new ecclesial strapline for the British Methodist Church in the period between 2007 and 2014 and assesses the initial impact of the identity on education and ecumenism. It argues that the theme and practice of holiness has been underplayed and underdeveloped in the discourse to find a fresh expression of Methodism’s calling but that there are surprisingly creative elements latent in the expression, especially in a new era of ecumenical relations.</p></abstract>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00Towards an ethnically diverse British Methodist Church<p>Using a qualitative study of interviews with ministers who work in ethnically diverse British Methodist congregations, I explore the practices that encourage a sense of belonging together as one body in Christ and how these influence a congregation’s ethos. Analysing how the respondents see their own role in this work I argue that the key challenge is the enabling of power-sharing, to which ministers contribute but which they cannot determine alone. I conclude that the decisive factor is the willingness of the members to allow the whole body to be changed by those who are ‘other’ and ‘different’.</p>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00Moving into the neighbourhood: embodiment, sacrament and ritual in urban mission<p>This article aims to explore the significance of embodiment, sacrament and ritual in urban pioneer ministry. Stemming from early experiences working within this context and from a particular experience of using installation art to help engage those outside the Church with its rituals and stories, I argue for the importance of the embodied experience within a particular place as a means of engagement. The literature surveyed makes the case for a broad understanding of the sacramental in which all material things have sacramental potential. The differing influences of theology and social anthropology upon the literature offer distinct perspectives on the drawing of boundaries in relation to sacrament and ritual, and on how meaning is made from experience in the light of prior knowledge and understanding of the Christian tradition.</p>ARTICLE2020-04-05T00:00:00.000+00:00Fifty years of Methodist–Roman Catholic dialogue<p>This article examines the origins and development of bilateral theological dialogue between Methodists and Roman Catholics at a world level since it commenced in 1967 as a result of the Second Vatican Council. In taking stock of the dialogue, consideration is given to what has been achieved in successive phases during the past fifty years. A number of theological issues are identified as requiring further dialogue. The article concludes by outlining the present agenda of the international Methodist–Roman Catholic dialogue commission and briefly considering the future prospects for theological dialogue at a world level in the context of contemporary ecumenism.</p>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Martin Luther: music and mission<p>This article seeks to demonstrate Martin Luther's often-overlooked credentials as a musician. Luther was convinced that music was the <italic>viva voce evangelii</italic> (living voice of the gospel), and unlike other more radical Reformation movements, he encouraged the use of choral and congregational singing in worship. Some of his familiar hymns – <italic>Nun freut euch, Ein’ feste Burg and Aus tiefer Not</italic> – offer insights into his ambitions to embed congregational singing into his vision of reformed worship, which went hand in hand with liturgical reform. Luther's <italic>Formula Missae</italic> and the vernacular <italic>Deutsche Messe</italic> lay the groundwork for Lutheran worship, which restructured the service around the centrality of the gospel proclamation. Luther's musical tradition reached its zenith in the work of J. S. Bach, which continues to echo in the Western musical canon, leaving Luther with a lasting musical legacy.</p>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Calvin's only prayer: piety and pastoral care in early Reformed thought and practice<p>Many of the sixteenth-century Reformers were pastors before being anything else. Despite this, it can be easy for us to miss the extent to which practices of piety dominated their personal and theological lives. In this article we will briefly detail the emphasis early Reformed authors placed on piety and pastoral care. We will identify this trait in the works of Ursinus and Bullinger, after which we will focus specifically on Calvin's treatise <italic>On the Christian Life</italic>.</p>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00Reformation and the end of Christendom: two visions<p>This article reveals the complex dimensions which make it impossible to speak singularly of ‘the Reformation’. Martin Luther's reforming activity gave rise to conflicting visions of the Church, which are impossible now to resolve. The article traces the trajectory of the English Reformation through the figures of Thomas More and William Tyndale. Although both convinced of the need for reform, More was opposed to Tyndale's approach, which he perceived would lead to the breakdown of order into anarchy. The outworking of this signals the end of Christendom, and has led to continuing mutual incompatibility.</p>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00What has Basel to do with Epworth? Karl Barth on Pietism and the theology of the Reformation<p>This article examines Karl Barth's earliest engagements with Pietism, rationalism and liberal Protestantism against the backdrop of the theologies of Albrecht Ritschl and Wilhelm Herrmann. The analysis then follows Barth through his rejection of liberal theology and his development of a dialectical theology over against Wilhelm Herrmann and with particular reference to Martin Luther's <italic>theologia crucis</italic>. The article concludes by examining Barth's comments on religious experience to a group of Methodist pastors in Switzerland in 1961.</p>ARTICLE2020-06-16T00:00:00.000+00:00en-us-1