Love, says the apostle Paul, “does not rejoice over injustice, but rejoices in the truth” (1 Corinthians 13:6). The theological explorations undertaken here all deal in one way or another with the liberating promise and the perplexing problem of truth in Christian life and witness, and with the ways that Christian theology and theological education in their various modes struggle both to seek the truth and to foster the aptitude to honor it.
1. Methodist Doctrine: An Understanding
2. Wesleyan Constructive Theology
3. The Primacy of Scripture
4. Word of God and Truth
5. Scripture, Authenticity, and Truth
6. Theological Education: Confessional and Public
7. Not Every School
8. Paying Attention
9. Rejoicing in the Truth
Endorsements and Reviews
This engaging collection of essays by Charles Wood offers illuminating perspectives on critical theological issues. Wood opens up theological questions in new ways through providing fresh angles of vision and insightful analysis. His ability to bring clarity to sometimes complex issues makes him a joy to read. Whether one is interested in Wesleyan Studies, the contemporary theological task, or the future shape of theological education, this book will be a most welcome and valued resource.
Henry H. Knight III, Saint Paul School of Theology, Kansas City, Missouri
Few theologians are so attuned, as is Wood, to theology’s responsibility in a perilous world and yet so ruled by the gospel’s power to make its own way despite our theological pretensions. Accompanying Wood in these essays is as rewarding spiritually as it is intellectually. That’s the mark of good Wesleyan theology, indeed, of any theology.
M. Douglas Meeks, Vanderbilt University Divinity School
This is the message of Charles Wood. We are a Christian community and our continued embrace of Christ’s sacrifice must not be threatened by mistaking competing dogma as truth, but rather embracing truth as God’s love. This clear and timely message should be read by all seeking greater strength in their personal faith.
John C. Lang, Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, Drew University, in Theological Book Review, Vol 23, No 1