The Church Of The Christian Faith

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"Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason." Stephen Gunter writes, "Perhaps no theological topic has been the focus of more debate with The United Methodist Church over the past quarter century than the 'Wesleyan Quadrilateral '" . It should be noted that John Wesley never used the term Wesleyan Quadrilateral to describe his process of theological affirmation. The Wesleyan Quadrilateral has been misinterpreted to mean four equal sides; however, it was never meant to be understood that way. Scripture is always the most essential authority for determining our beliefs and practices. The Bible was so important to John Wesley 's faith that he referred to himself as homo unius libri or a man of one book (The Bible). John Wesley believed that Scripture was the primary source for theological reflection and Scripture should be read and interpreted in context and as a whole. The role of tradition in Methodist theological thinking is another important aspect of the "Quadrilateral". Ted Campbell writes, "Methodism, Wesley claimed, was in continuity with 'the religion of the Bible, the religion of the primitive Church, [and] the religion of the Church of England '" . John Wesley was trying to illustrate that the tradition and history of the Church is vital to the understanding of our theology. The apostolic church 's beginning is something that we should be…
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