The Routledge Companion to John Wesley provides an overview of the work and ideas of one of the principal founders of Methodism, John Wesley (1703-91). Wesley remains highly influential, especially within the worldwide Methodist movement of some eighty million people. As a preacher and religious reformer his efforts led to the rise of a global Protestant movement, but the wide-ranging topics addressed in his writings also suggest a mind steeped in the intellectual developments of the North Atlantic, early modern world. His numerous publications cover not only theology but ethics, history, aesthetics, politics, human rights, health and wellbeing, cosmology and ecology. This volume places Wesley within his eighteenth-century context, analyzes his contribution to thought across his multiple interests, and assesses his continuing relevance today. It contains essays by an international team of scholars, drawn from within the Methodist tradition and beyond. This is a valuable reference particularly for scholars of Methodist Studies, theology, church history and religious history.
Clive Murray Norris is a historian of Methodism, and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, UK. He is the author of The Financing of John Wesley's Methodism c. 1740-1800 (Oxford University Press, 2017) and A History of Methodist Insurance in Britain (Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, 2022). He was until 2023 co-editor of the journal Wesley and Methodist Studies.Joseph W. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Religion at Eureka College in central Illinois, US. He is the author of John Wesley's Pneumatology: Perceptible Inspiration (Routledge, 2014), and a co-editor of the journal Wesley and Methodist Studies.