This volume is a revision of Langford's earlier work, Practical Divinity: Theology in the Wesleyan Tradition (Abingdon Press, 1983). The major features of this revision include a treatment of the Boston Personalist School and the emergence of process thought. The revision also strengthens the ending of the first edition.
Practical Divinity traces the growth of Wesleyan thought from Britain to North America and to other continents, and views it against the background of general historical and institutional developments. The volume also gives special emphasis to major theological voices that have been influential since Wesley's time. It traces the full sweep and strength of the movement, including churches and Holiness branches such as Nazarene, Wesleyan, and Free Methodist.
Practical Divinity is the primary choice for textbook use in courses on Wesleyan/Methodist history, theology, and doctrine.
"If, as Thomas Langford suggest, the Wesleyan theological traditions is ‘a stream through history,’ then his review of the tradition is a veritable float trip carrying us from the head-waters of the Wesley brothers, past the great landmark thinkers of Wesleyanism like John Fletcher, Adam Clarke, Phoebe Palmer, and Georgia Harkness, to the more familiar contemporary waters of James Cone and Jose Miguez Bonino, John Cobb, and Stanely Hauerwas. Langford guides the reader, whether a novice or expert, on an exciting rides. Enjoy!”
-Rebekah L. Miles, Brite Divinity School, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas