United Theological Seminary Dean, Fuller Seminary Dean Publish Book

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Dr. David Watson, Academic Dean at the Dayton, Ohio, Seminary and Dr. Joel Green, Associate Dean, at California’s Fuller Seminary, Publish 'Wesley, Wesleyans and Reading Bible as Scripture'

Dr. David Watson

I hope they get a better sense of the riches of the Wesleyan theological tradition and its breadth, and the way in which that theological tradition interacts with our reading of Scripture to help us grow in the life of faith.

United Theological Seminary’s Academic Dean, Dr. David Watson, recently published "Wesley, Wesleyans and Reading Bible as Scripture" with Dr. Joel B. Green, Associate Dean for the Center of Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary in California, that consists of a collection of diverse essays to understand John Wesley’s approach to read and interpret the Bible as scripture.

“Historically, genuine church renewal has been tied to getting Scripture into the hands of God's people, and getting Scripture into the hearts and heads of God's people,” said Green. “Whatever else this entails, it highlights the importance of reading the Bible together for the purpose of forming, reforming and transforming God's people.”

Watson said his goal with this text, which was published by Baylor University Press, is that he hopes readers engage the Wesleyan theological tradition and grow in their faith.

“I hope they get a better sense of the riches of the Wesleyan theological tradition and its breadth, and the way in which that theological tradition interacts with our reading of Scripture to help us grow in the life of faith,” said Watson. “We usually only encounter the Wesleyan tradition in our own church content but understanding different ways in which the cultures have appropriated the Wesleyan tradition can help us as we grow in the life of faith.”

Green has had previous experience describing what he believes it means to read the Bible as a Wesleyan – it was a concept featured in his earlier book, "Reading Scripture as Wesleyans," which was published by Abingdon in 2010.

“In some ways, the practice of reading the Bible as Wesleyans presses us simply to read the Bible as Christian Scripture,” said Green. “Reading as Wesleyans presses a bit further, though. We Wesleyans emphasize theological conversation and deliberation ("conferencing"), for example, as well as the importance of progressing along the path of salvation through new birth to holy lives, and these emphases help to shape our reading of Scripture.”

Green noted the text would “make a marvelous Christmas gift for any thoughtful Wesleyan / Methodist Christian” but would also be useful for different groups.

“And in fact, it would be wonderful to find that groups of church leaders, including pastors and teachers, gathered over time to work through and discuss the book,” said Green. “I am already aware that it is being looked at as a textbook for college and seminary classes.”

More information is available here.

United Theological Seminary is a graduate professional offering masters and doctoral theological degrees and continuing education with programs offered on campus and online. United's goal is to educate dynamic, Spirit-led leaders who will renew the church for the mission of Jesus Christ in the world. We are committed to teaching the Bible and the historic Christian faith, instilling a passion for personal and social holiness, and renewing the Church for its ministry and mission. For more information about United, visit http://www.united.edu.

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