Amy Caswell Bratton: Witnesses of Perfect Love – a book launch

Date(s) - May 22, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Regent College

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Witnesses of Perfect Love Book Launch & Farewell Party
Thursday, May 22, 7:30pm, Regent College
An event sponsored by the Regent College Bookstore

Join Amy Caswell Bratton in a celebration of the release of her book Witness of Perfect Love: Narratives of Christian Perfection in Early Methodism, volume 4 in Tyndale Seminary Studies in Wesleyan Theology and History. This evening of celebration will include a lecture from the author, a book signing and a reception. Amy and her husband Tim will be leaving Vancouver soon for their next adventure in Saskatoon, you are invited to join them for this event as a farewell to their friends in the Vancouver area. Please join us either because of your interest in the book topic or to say goodbye to the Brattons.

Witnesses of Perfect Love explores how the doctrine of Christian Perfection, also called Perfect Love, spread in the early British Methodist communities. Alongside leaders such as John and Charles Wesley teaching about Christian Perfection, Methodist men and women told narratives of Christian Perfection which transmitted the doctrine. This book explores first-hand narratives, that testify to the experience, which were then published for the edification of the Methodist community in the Arminian Magazine and other publications. The narratives of four Methodist people are examined at length: Sarah Crosby (1729 – 1804), George Clark (1710 – 1797), William Hunter (1728 – 1797) and Bathsheba Hall (1745 – 1780).
In addition to observing the transmission of the doctrine through narrative, the study of these stories illuminates early Methodist spirituality and the doctrine of Christian Perfection (or entire sanctification) through the embodiment of holiness in the life of real people. This lived out expression of Christian Perfection draws attention to unique elements of the doctrine as each narrative illustrates nuances. Finally, the narratives of Perfection offer the embodiment of transformation which resulted in lasting change.

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