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John Wesley se Aldersgate-ervaring: ’n Herwaardering

M. C. Kitshoff
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 45, No 4 | a2344 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v45i4.2344 | © 1989 M. C. Kitshoff | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 09 January 1989 | Published: 09 January 1989

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M. C. Kitshoff, Universiteit van Zoeloeland, South Africa

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Abstract

John Wesley’s Aldersgate experience: A reassessment
The well-known experience of Wesley at Aldersgate Street on 24 May 1738 is widely considered to be his conversion. In this article an attempt is made to determine the following:
» whether this experience can be styled a conversion
» whether there is support for another localization for Wesley’s conversion;
» what the nature of the Aldersgate experience was if not a conversion.
In order to achieve these ends the evidence on the following aspects of Wesley’s life is considered: » the Aldersgate experience itself;
» the events prior and subsequent to Aldersgate;
» changes in Wesley’s theological understanding of salvation.
The conclusion opposes the popular view on Aldersgate.

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