Our 2017 John Wesley Lecture will be given by Professor Grayson Ditchfield on the subject of John Wesley, Heterodoxy and Dissent.
Tuesday 23 May - 5pm
Although John Wesley’s attacks on Calvinism (especially after 1770) are probably the best-known of the doctrinal controversies in which he was involved, he was equally determined to counter heterodoxy – within the Church of England and among the Protestant dissenting denominations. This lecture will examine Wesley’s responses to various forms of heterodoxy, and the ways in which his and other responses helped to stimulate reassertions and re-definitions of orthodoxy as perceived by Wesley and early Methodists.
Grayson Ditchfield, from 2014 Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Kent, Canterbury, is a specialist in the religious and political history of eighteenth-century Britain.