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Wesley, Aquinas, and Christian Perfection
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Employing fresh, innovative readings, Edgardo Colon-Emeric examines and underscores the centrality of the concept of perfection for the theologies of Thomas Aquinas and John Wesley—and finds them, surprisingly, largely complementary.

Utilizing the image of a “kneeling ecumenism,” he offers a practical account of how ecumenical conversations can move forward. At a time when many Methodists struggle to understand Catholicism and many Catholics know little of Wesley and Methodism, this stimulating work provides the church as a whole a communal grammar of holiness, in demonstrating how the theologies of perfection of Aquinas and Wesley have significant messages for both groups.

Table of Contents

  1. Front cover
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  1. Title page
  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 8-10
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  1. 1. Wesley on Christian Perfection
  2. pp. 11-40
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  1. 2. Wesley on the Way to Christian Perfection
  2. pp. 41-68
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  1. 3. Aquinas on Christian Perfection
  2. pp. 69-98
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  1. 4. Aquinas on the Way to Christian Perfection
  2. pp. 99-124
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  1. 5. Dialogue on the Beatitudes
  2. pp. 125-148
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  1. 6. Dialogue on Christian Perfection
  2. pp. 149-182
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  1. 7. Prospects for Christian Perfection
  2. pp. 183-204
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  1. Appendix
  2. pp. 205-208
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 209-274
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 275-288
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  1. Index of Selected Names
  2. pp. 289-290
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  1. Index of Subjects
  2. pp. 291-293
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  1. Back cover
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