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The Lives of David BrainerdThe Making of an American Evangelical Icon$
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John A Grigg

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195372373

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195372373.001.1

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John Wesley’s Life of Brainerd

John Wesley’s Life of Brainerd

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The Lives of David Brainerd

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John Wesley also saw Brainerd's life as an example that could be set before Christians. Wesley, too, had specific problems that he wanted to address through publishing Brainerd's life. In particular, he was concerned with the moral and spiritual failure of many of his itinerant preachers and with the increasing materialism of many of his followers. Both of these problems were addressed in Brainerd's writings, but Wesley had first to expunge the Calvinism which ran through Edwards's Life of Brainerd.

Keywords:   John Wesley, Wesley's Extract, lay preachers, itinerant preachers, materialism, Calvinism, perfectionism, conversion

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