|A Brief Review of
John and Charles Wesley:
Reviewed by Douglas Connelly
John and Charles Wesley left a spiritual legacy that has touched every facet of Christianity. Even those traditions that are non-Wesleyan have been affected by the fervor and warmth of the Wesleyan revivals in the eighteenth century and in the revivalists who followed in the Wesley’s footsteps.
Paul Wesley Chilcote, a professor of theology and Wesleyan studies at Ashland Theological Seminary, has given the interested reader a moving and helpful introduction to the sermons, hymns, and theological writings of these two brothers. He begins with a brief but thorough sketch of the lives and influence of the Wesleys. They grew up in an Anglican pastor’s home and never really cut their ties to the Anglican Church. It was only after their deaths that what became known as Methodism moved away (or was pushed away) from the Church of England.