Saturday, November 16, 2013

"that vehicle of ethereal fire"

I came across the essay below while searching Wesley's works for examples of his advocacy literature.  The essay is on another one of my research interests, Wesley's theory of the soul.  In this brief commentary on 1 Thes. 5:23, Wesley used the image of clothing to explain the relationship between the body, soul, and spirit.  The spirit puts on soul-clothing, and the soul puts on body-clothing.  The body-clothing is made out of matter.  The soul-clothing is made out of electricity, which is the purest form of matter (or so the theory went in Wesley's time).  The spirit is immaterial.  These remarks illustrate Wesley's use of the science of his day to explain a theological concept.  What analogy do you use, and is it a theory of the soul or a theory of the mind?

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