This article examines John Wesley's engagement with patristic sources before bringing Wesley into dialogue with representative contemporary theologians. It argues that Wesley's fusion of traditions and focus upon holiness provides a helpful counterpoint to contemporary emphases. The first section considers Wesley's explicit use of the Church Fathers, considering particularly Ted Campbell's work and the methodological problems involved in such an enquiry. It is then argued that there is evidence of patristic influence upon Wesley's doctrines of prevenient grace and Christian perfection as part of a wider synthesis of eras and Christian traditions. Finally, the contemporary relevance of Wesley's approach is considered.

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