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"Appear as crucified for me" : sight, suffering, and spiritual transformation in the hymns of Charles Wesley

Cruickshank, Joanna 2006, "Appear as crucified for me" : sight, suffering, and spiritual transformation in the hymns of Charles Wesley, Journal of religious history, vol. 30, no. 3, pp. 311-330, doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2006.00496.x.

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Title "Appear as crucified for me" : sight, suffering, and spiritual transformation in the hymns of Charles Wesley
Author(s) Cruickshank, JoannaORCID iD for Cruickshank, Joanna orcid.org/0000-0001-9155-2625
Journal name Journal of religious history
Volume number 30
Issue number 3
Start page 311
End page 330
Publisher Wiley Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2006-10
ISSN 0022-4227
1467-9809
Summary Early Methodist laypeople often described their conversion experiences in terms of seeing the suffering of Christ. This article considers this theme within early Methodist culture by examining the relationship between sight, suffering, and spiritual transformation in the hymns of Charles Wesley. Many of Wesley's hymns depict the suffering of Christ in evocative detail, encouraging the singer or reader to imagine and respond to this suffering in particular ways. I argue that Wesley presents the sight of Christ's suffering as having profound transformative power, at the heart of Christian experience. In doing so he constructs Methodist spirituality in a way that draws upon both the ancient Christian tradition of Passion devotion and contemporary eighteenth-century convictions about the power of the sight of suffering.
Notes Published Online: 21 Aug 2006
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9809.2006.00496.x
Field of Research 220401 Christian Studies (incl Biblical Studies and Church History)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Association for the Journal of Religious History
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019595

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of History, Heritage and Society
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