“Honoring Conference”: Wesleyan Reflections on the Dynamics of Theological Reflection

Randy L. Maddox


This essay gathers and ponders a range of concerns that have been raised about popular appeal to the “Wesleyan Quadrilateral” as a model of theological reflection. Beyond assessing the relative seriousness of these various concerns, its goal is constructive. It contends that John Wesley’s precedent in theological reflection is better captured by the language or metaphor of “honoring conference,” and explores the fruitfulness of this metaphor for evoking a richer sense of the dynamics of current theological reflection and instilling deeper appreciation for authentic conferencing in that reflection.


John Wesley; Wesleyan Theology; theological reflection; Quadrilateral; Conference; conferencing

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