Letters of John Wesley - we need a better edition

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Mark Barnes | Forum Activity | Posted: Wed, Jul 10 2019 2:43 PM

I discovered today that the Letters of John Wesley that appear in volumes 11-13 of the Works of John Wesley aren't complete. Even worse, it appears that the letters have been edited very heavily, not just omitting words, but changing them.

For example, I've just been looking up one particular letter. The Logos edition has:

But, doubtless, what you mention is a point of the last importance, and deserves our most serious consideration: The rather, because the strange account given of it by some has induced others to deny the doctrine of atonement; although this is the distinguishing point between Deism and Christianity.

Whereas a later edition has:

But certainly the subject is of the last importance, and deserves our most serious consideration. Indeed, nothing in the Christian system is of greater consequence than the doctrine of Atonement. It is properly the distinguishing point between Deism and Christianity.

That's a significant difference in meaning!

We need the full eight volumes of letters published by Epworth Press in 1931. That's the edition that's cited in the scholarly literature.

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Jesse Blevins | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 10 2019 3:02 PM

Yes

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Jesse Blevins | Forum Activity | Replied: Wed, Jul 10 2019 3:18 PM

We need these updated works, along with commentary done by Scholars added to Logos. 

https://www.amazon.com/Works-John-Wesley-Bicentennial-CD-ROM/dp/0687053218

Apparently the current electronic edition that is availalbe on the market doesn't work too well. 

I believe that if Logos could get this product into their catalog that it would attract some more user's for the software.

Mike Child's and I have requested for these be added several times.  

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The Horseless Cowboy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Aug 9 2020 6:08 PM

I agree. (Just posting so as to be notified if/when such works become available. And I'd like the Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley, too. It is the scholarly and most recent edition.)

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Paul | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 10 2020 6:36 AM

YesYes I agree also.  Keep well Paul 

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Rob Bruce | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Aug 10 2020 9:06 AM

When I was writing my dissertation on Wesleyan small groups my advisor, a well known Wesley scholar, told me NOT to use the Jackson Works only the Bicentennial works. Of course I had the Jackson Works in my logos library. I have since bought all the Bicentennial works available. Would love to have them digital.

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