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primacy of scripture and the Methodist Quadrilateral

Stephen Dawes

primacy of scripture and the Methodist Quadrilateral

by Stephen Dawes

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Published by The Methodist Sacramental Fellowship in [U.K.] .
Written in English


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John Wesley saw the Methodist movement as a return to the original life & faith & experience of Christianity. He wanted to return to the faith of the apostles and the early church — to find that same dynamic quality of faith and life that the early Christians had. So, Scripture had a place of central importance in Wesley's teaching and preaching. (The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church: , 77) Let us look more closely at these sources and criteria. Since the time of the early Christian Church, Scripture has traditionally been the overarching guidelines for the creation and furtherance of traditions and the ultimate guide by which experience was tested.

Wesley was Anglican, and his Methodist movement affirmed the primacy of biblical authority. He also affirmed the genuine—albeit secondary—religious authority of church tradition, critical thinking, and relevant experience for reflecting upon and living out Christianity. reason, and experience. But the quadrilateral considers Scripture.   The authority of Scripture has been a subject of continuing, intense debate among Christians for many years. In the Wesleyan tradition this debate has focused on the socalled quadrilateral--a term that refers to the four elements John Wesley viewed as the basis for theological method: Scripture, tradition, reason, and s: 1.

The United Methodist Church’s Book of Discipline states, “Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illuminated by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason”. This statement outlines the concept of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.   “Placing Scripture as primary responds to an ongoing debate of how these function within ‘Our Theological Task’ included in the United Methodist Discipline.” The WCA draft is clearer about its objections to homosexuality than the current United Methodist Book of Discipline, Warner said. “The objection is stated explicitly,” she said.


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Primacy of scripture and the Methodist Quadrilateral by Stephen Dawes Download PDF EPUB FB2

Building on the Anglican theological tradition, Wesley added a fourth emphasis, experience. The resulting four components or "sides" of the quadrilateral are (1) Scripture, (2) tradition, (3) reason, and (4) experience.

For United Methodists, Scripture is considered the primary source and standard for Christian doctrine. Scripture is primary Knight also noted the importance of the Quadrilateral being a semi-odd shape—it is not a square or rectangle. The sides are not equal.

The “Wesleyan Quadrilateral” is best described by a line from the United Methodist Church’s (UMC) Book of Discipline where it states, “Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by tradition, vivified in personal experience, and confirmed by reason.”.

Putting a Methodist slant on this, it is the ‘preached word’ from Scripture which in the power of the Spirit becomes ‘the Word of God’. FAITH.

For grass root Methodists, faith is a ‘doing’ faith. Timothy Keller in his book Making Sense of God says that ‘all varieties of secularism are sets of beliefs, not the simple absence of.

The Methodist quadrilateral. Methodists traditionally use a fourfold approach to learn about our Christian faith and apply it to contemporary issues and to our Christian practice: Scripture. We seek to discover the word of God through reading the Bible. There are different understandings among Methodists about the Bible's authority in our lives.

The quadrilateral is, as the name implies, made up of four blocks: Scripture, tradition, experience, and reason. All four play a role in the development of a person’s theological system. Scripture. The first and most important element of a person’s theology was Scripture. The principle which the Quadrilateral seeks to display is the interdependence of all four authorities under the primacy of Scripture.

In other words, we must scrutinize the Bible in light of church Tradition, personal Experience and logical Reasoning to see its truth fully. This is the essay I am turning in for my Theology of Wesley final exam.

It is my account of what is called a "Neo-Wesleyan" view of the primacy of Scripture interpreted through the hermeneutical lenses of tradition, reason, and experience.

(Note: I think it's a bit silly to call this "Neo-Wesleyan" considering it was discussed only 20 years after the creation of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.

Last Fall, I found I would be 1 hour short of finishing when I registered for the Spring semester. So I registered for a 1-hour Directed Study with Dr.

Rex Matthews in Methodist Studies. After a little conversation, we decided it would be fun to attempt to rewrite a section of the United Methodist Book of Discipline known as Our Theological Task, and specifically the.

Thus, the Bible serves both as a source of our faith and as the basic criterion by which the truth and fidelity of any interpretation of faith is measured.

While we acknowledge the primacy of Scripture in theological reflection, our attempts to grasp its meaning always involve tradition, experience, and reason.

One defining trait of United Methodists is our use of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral, created in by theologian Albert Outler as a tool for discernment for people of faith seeking to live out their theology.

With Scripture as primary, reason, experience, and tradition serve as additional sources of wisdom as we seek to discern God’s will. The United Methodist Book of Discipline guides our church in the use and interpretation of Scripture.

In the Section “Doctrinal Standards and Our Shared Theological Task” there is a great section about the Quadrilateral of Reason, Experience, Scripture, and Tradition (Easy to remember as R.E.S.T.). Here is an excerpt from on Scripture (pages [ ]. Wesley, the founder of Methodism, affirmed the primacy of scriptural authority.

But he also acknowledged the genuine, albeit secondary, religious authority of tradition, reason, and experience. By doing so, Wesley simply made explicit what is implicit in all theological reflection, even when it ostensibly is based on Scripture alone.

Methodist History, (January ) also stressed the "quadrilateral." 3The Book of Discipline of The United Methodist Church, assertion of the primacy of scripture in a considerably more ambiguous state. The statement placed scripture. Building on the Anglican theological tradition, Wesley added a fourth emphasis, experience.

The resulting four components or "sides" of the quadrilateral are (1) Scripture, (2) tradition, (3) reason, and (4) experience. For United Methodists, Scripture is considered the primary source and standard for Christian doctrine. Christian faith into practice. The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church affirms that Wesley believed that the living core of the Christian faith was revealed in Scripture, illumined by Tradition, vivified in personal Experience and confirmed by Reason.

This discernment process has come to be known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. Two of the best sentences in United Methodism’s Book of Discipline are on page “The Christian witness, even when grounded in Scripture and mediated by tradition, is ineffectual unless understood and appropriated by the individual.

To become our witness, it must make sense in terms of our own reason and experience.” Maybe byUnited Methodism. Wesley's position, and the position of The United Methodist Church, is that Scripture is primary. The United Methodist Book of Discipline notes, however, that the Christian witness, "even when grounded in Scripture and mediated by tradition, is ineffectual unless understood and appropriated by the individual.

The Lost Book: The Wesleyan Quadrilateral Conundrum. a theological principle known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral or the Methodist Quadrilateral was brought to my attention. We begin with Scripture, it has full authority and primacy, after all, it is Scripture that we are trying.

The four normative sources for doing theology have been described as the Wesleyan quadrilateral--Scripture, tradition, reason, and experience. The author shows that for Wesley the Protestant concept of "Scripture alone" entails the view that the Scriptures are the primary source, not the only source, of s: 7.

The quadrilateral, rightly understood, is about the primacy of Scripture and the secondary role which tradition, reason, and experience should play in our theological and ethical deliberations.

We are, after all, the “people of one Book.” What the quadrilateral is not, however, is a statement of four equal values.The Bible Tells Me So: Reading the Bible as Scripture is nearly pages in length. It has 30 chapters, half of which discuss topics like inerrancy, Dead Sea scrolls, preaching, and interpretation.

The other half address books of the Bible. Richard Thompson and I edited the book, and many have used it as a resource for their study and teaching. This past week, a post in a United Methodist Facebook group caught my eye as it debated a particular image for the four sources of authority in United Methodism–commonly called the Wesleyan Quadrilateral.

Here’s the thread and the leading quote: I think what is lost is the primacy of scripture in the quadrilateral.