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Jonathan M. Yeager

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199916955

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.001.0001

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Defending the Doctrine of Christian Perfection

Defending the Doctrine of Christian Perfection

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(p.254) 39 Defending the Doctrine of Christian Perfection
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Early Evangelicalism
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John William Fletcher

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199916955.003.0040

This chapter presents excerpts from John William Fletcher's First Check to Antinomianism: Or, A Vindication of the Rev. Mr. Wesley's Last Minutes…in Five Letters (1771). When Methodism, which began as a movement of renewal within the Church England in the late 1730s, split into two factions, Fletcher joined the second generation of Methodists. Three years after his ordination as a minister in the Church of England, Fletcher became vicar of Madeley in Shropshire in 1760, and remained so for the remainder of his life. When the Methodist preacher Walter Shirley expressed his concern regarding some of the comments made in the Methodist minutes at the 1770 conference, Fletcher corrected what he believed were misinterpretations about Charles Wesley's doctrines. Originally a series of private letters written to Shirley, Fletcher's First Check to Antinomianism was published as a polemic that contains his interpretation of Wesleyan theology.

Keywords:   letters, John William Fletcher, First Check to Antinomianism, Methodism, Church England, Madeley, Walter Shirley, Charles Wesley, theology, antinomianism

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