Discovering Christian Holiness : The Heart of Wesleyan-Holiness Theology

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  • Copyright: 2010-09-30
  • Publisher: Nazarene Pub House
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Is Wesleyan-Holiness theology still relevant for the twenty-first century? Does Wesleyan-Holiness theology-as a vital, experiential, living and breathing theology-still exist? This study of the doctrine of Holiness examines its biblical, historical, and theological foundations, as well as the importance of the holiness life in the twenty-first century. Written with solid biblical evidence and historical insight, Discovering Christian Holiness will supply you with an understanding and awareness of holiness and its breadth, depth, and practicality.

Author Biography

Diane Leclerc is professor of historical theology at Northwest Nazarene University. She received her PhD from Drew University. Diane is the author of two books, including I Am Not Ashamed: Sermons by Wesleyan-Holiness Women, as well as many articles and chapters for various journals, anthologies, and compilations. She is a former pastor and a past president of the Wesleyan Theological Society. She lives in Boise, Idaho, with her husband and their son.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. 9
Forewordp. 11
Introductionp. 15
Biblical Holinessp. 31
How to Read the Bible as a Wesleyanp. 33
Methodological Questionsp. 35
Guiding Principles of a Wesleyan Way to Read Scripturep. 40
Wesley's Analogy of Faithp. 45
The Whole Holy Tenor of Scripturep. 51
Old Testament Images of Holinessp. 52
New Testament Images of Holinessp. 63
Holiness Historyp. 75
Holiness in History: Late Antiquity to 1700p. 77
The Patristic Periodp. 78
The Medieval Period to Wesleyp. 98
Holiness in History: 1703-2000p. 105
John Wesleyp. 106
Post-Wesley British Methodismp. 107
18th-and 19th-Century American Methodismp. 111
19th-Century Holiness Movement: A New Kind of Calvinismp. 117
The American Holiness Movement: The Methodist "Come-Outers" of the Later 19th Centuryp. 119
The Holiness Movement in Other Parts of the Worldp. 123
20th-Century Holiness Theologyp. 124
Holiness Theology for Todayp. 133
The Holy Godp. 135
The Holiness of Godp. 136
The Servanthood of the Sonp. 142
The Presence of the Spiritp. 147
Created and Fallen Humanityp. 155
Humanityp. 156
Sinp. 160
Full Salvationp. 173
Salvationp. 174
Sanctificationp. 178
The Structure of an Experiencep. 184
The Effects of Entire Sanctificationp. 186
Excursus: "What If I've Always Been a Christian?"p. 190
Holy Living for a New Centuryp. 193
Holiness as Purityp. 195
Defining Moralityp. 196
Purifying Gracep. 202
Obediencep. 206
Excursus: Embodied Holiness and Holy Sexualityp. 212
Holiness as Perfectionp. 217
Christian Perfection Clearly Definedp. 218
What Christian Perfection Is Notp. 224
The Ethics of Lovep. 230
"Shall We Drop It or Make a Point of It?"p. 234
Holiness as Powerp. 237
Power for Victory over Sin: Life in the Spiritp. 239
The Power of Selfhood: A Holiness View of Self-Denialp. 241
Power When Life Goes Wrong: "Power Perfected in Weakness"p. 244
Holiness as Characterp. 255
Virtue Ethicsp. 256
Wesley's Moral Psychologyp. 258
Character Development and Christian Perfectionp. 260
Connecting the Means to the Endp. 262
Character in a Postmodern Worldp. 270
Holiness as Lovep. 273
Love at the Centerp. 274
God First Loved Usp. 279
Love as Entire Devotion to Godp. 281
Conclusionp. 284
Notesp. 289
Glossaryp. 308
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