10/13/15 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland Theological Seminary Professor of Historical Theology & Wesleyan Studies and Academic Dean Dr. Paul W. Chilcote had his 21st book published last month by Beacon Hill Press.
Chilcote co-edited John Wesley’s “A Plain Account of Christian Perfection” with Dr. Randy L. Maddox, Quick professor of theology and Wesley studies at Duke University Divinity School. The “Plain Account,” usually considered to be Wesley’s magnum opus, is a composite document in which the founder of Methodism gathered all of his previously published materials on holiness of heart and life.
Although published in many versions, this edition of Wesley's foundational text is annotated to identify Wesley's sources and clarify his citations and allusions. His original notes are also included. A timeless treasure and resource, this pivotal work belongs in every Christian’s library, according to the promotion by Beacon Hill Press.
“What I purpose in the following papers,” Wesley wrote, “is to give a plain and distinct account of the steps by which I was led...to embrace the doctrine of Christian perfection.”
So begins John Wesley's classic work on the central emphasis of his theology. In this work he brings to the forefront what he considers the goal of the Christian life—the fullest possible love of God and neighbor. Drawing from several of his earlier writings, Wesley thoughtfully presents his understanding of perfect love or Christian perfection.
Chilcote, who came to Ashland Theological Seminary in 2008, received his B.A. from Valparaiso University, M.Div. from Duke Divinity School and Ph.D. from Duke University.
Ashland Theological Seminary is a graduate division of Ashland University. With campuses in Ashland, Detroit, Cleveland and Columbus, Ashland Theological Seminary integrates theological education with Christ-centered transformation as it equips men and women for ministry in the church and the world.