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Radical Grace:

Justice for the Poor and Marginalized – Charles Wesley's Views For the Twenty-First Century

By S.T. Kimbrough Jr

Radical Grace

Radical Grace:

Justice for the Poor and Marginalized – Charles Wesley's Views For the Twenty-First Century

By S.T. Kimbrough Jr

An exploration of the radical theology found in the sermons, journal, poems and letters of the great Methodist preacher Charles Wesley.

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ISBN: 9780718894870

Specifications: 229x153mm, 170pp

Published: April 2017


In Radical Grace, Dr Kimbrough brings together the writings of Charles Wesley on the theme of justice for the poor and the marginalized, drawing upon his sermons, manuscript journal, poetry and a few letters. The author studies the theology of these texts (most of which were unpublished at the time of his death) and evaluates its viability both at the time of writing and today. Wesley's views of how Christians may 'use the grace divine' in seeking justice for the poor have radical implications, advocating behaviour that is often quite contrary to generally accepted Christian practise. This volume argues that the radical grace he espouses is consistent with Holy Scripture and should indeed be practised by Christians today. The liturgies and musical settings of some of the hymn texts addressing the poor and marginalized provide a pragmatic means for the worshipping community to integrate the principles of radical grace into their theology and praxis.

Foreword: Poetry and the Poor, by Stanley Hauerwas


I. The Sermons
II. The Manuscript Journal
III. Poetry
IV. The Church's Response to Radical Grace: Justice for the Poor and Marginalized
V. Worship Resources for a Theology of Radical Grace: Justice for the Poor and Marginalized

Appendix: Musical Settings for Congregational Singing for Liturgies 1–3

Index of Scripture References
Index of Personal Names
Subject Index

S.T. Kimbrough, Jr is a Research Fellow of the Centre for Studies in the Wesleyan Tradition of Duke Divinity School and founder of The Charles Wesley Society. He is editor of its journal, Proceedings of The Charles Wesley Society, and author/editor of several books on Charles Wesley, including The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley (3 vols), The Manuscript Journal of The Reverend Charles Wesley, M.A. (2 vols), and The Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley: A Reader.

S.T. Kimbrough has provided serious Christians with yet another practical and useful work grounded in the Wesleyan heritage. . . . Historically grounded, theologically sound, and poetically illustrated, this study fits solidly into the current attempts to apply careful interpretations of the Wesleyan tradition to contemporary life. Richard P. Heitzenrater, The Divinity School, Duke University
S.T. Kimbrough has introduced us to Charles Wesley the great lyrical theologian. In this wonderful book, Radical Grace, he introduces us to Wesley the prophetic, poetic friend of the poor and the dispossessed. Here, in the genius of Wesley, we see poetry in service to a just and loving God. This book sings, and the song it sings is justice for the poor! Bishop William Willimon, United Methodist Church