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date: 17 August 2019

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This article suggests that Wesley's notion of ‘divinity’ as a ‘grammar of the Spirit’ – that which explicates how the elements of the ‘language of the Holy Ghost’ relate to one another and gain their meaning in concert together – represents not just the approach he used in commenting upon Scripture, but is rather the theological hermeneutic implicit in his ‘reading’ and ‘enacting’ of the entirety of the Christian faith. ‘Divinity’ became for him a description of how the Christian community bespeaks the witness to God's transformation of human lives, individually and corporately, and the very affections that shape them through Christ and in the Spirit. Moreover, it is precisely this pneumatological orientation that constitutes his theological distinctive.

Keywords: John Wesley, divinity, Christian theology, Christian faith

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