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Mysticism

 

MYSTICISM

(see lecture #3)

Wesley espoused a mysticism/moralism in 1725, and then explicitly repudiated mysticism in 1738, maintaining that it “stabbed religion in the vitals.” However, his post-Aldersgate theology has an unmistakable mystical dimension in it. He continued to reject mystical “dross” even as the experiential dimension of his thought reflected mystical “gold.”

  DROSS GOLD
God:  absorption/union  communion
Christ: moral/spiritual exemplar   incarnate one/atoning one
Sin:  undervaluation of original sin, impairment but not bondage of will original sin, will bound, all of this remedied only by grace
Righteousness:  internal works righteousness (often complemented by external)   justification by faith
God’s “absence”:  “dark night of the soul” sin
Attitude:  stillness  attend upon means of grace, affirm the affirmations of faith, obey concretely

 

What Wesley Esteemed In The Mystics

total preoccupation with God
heart-experience
spiritual discipline
self-renunciation
holy living
perfection/purity of intention/love