Calvinism – Arminianism, Charles Simeon & John Wesley

John Wesley records in his journal on December 20, 1784 that he met Charles Simeon (1759-1836), but he says nothing about the purported conversation below. J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) reports in his biography of Simeon that the below dialogue took place on that date (pp. 100-101). In the Preface to his Horae Homileticae (pages xvii-xviii), Charles Simeon records this conversation, though he does not identify the interlocutors._________________________________ A circumstance within the Author’s knowledge reflects so much light upon this subject (Calvinism-Arminianism), that he trusts he shall be pardoned for relating it. A young Minister, about three or four years after … Continue reading “Calvinism – Arminianism, Charles Simeon & John Wesley”

Charles Simeon (1759-1836)

This article originally appeared in Protestant Saints by Ernest Gordon, published by Zondervan in 1940. The book has been edited and reprinted by Ralph I. Tilley under the title Evangelical Saints. EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY EUROPE was saturated with a rationalistic deism. It was the era of the Enlightenment—of Bolingbroke, Semler, Voltaire, the Encyclopaedists. The churches of the Reformation were paralyzed by its infiltration. Then came, at the century’s close, great changes and renovations as when the sap rises in the tree trunks in springtime. Revival broke out in all lands, and the religious life of Europe was profoundly changed. In England, the … Continue reading “Charles Simeon (1759-1836)”