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By Deborah Madden

John Wesley's Primitive Physic (1747) accomplished twenty-three versions in his lifetime, making sure its well known and arguable prestige in eighteenth-century medication. this is often the 1st full-length learn to check the theological, highbrow and cultural history to at least one of the period's so much winning scientific texts. by way of exploring Wesley's paintings within the context of his theology, 'A reasonable, secure and ordinary drugs' extends the on-going reconfiguration of the connection among faith and drugs. Wesley was once on a theological venture to recuperate the primitive purity of the 1st Christians. but the treatments contained inside of Primitive Physic recommend a practical philosopher, whose challenge for non secular healthiness didn't hinder him from supplying functional guidance to those that wanted it. The evolution of Wesley's pondering additionally demonstrates many of the struggles he confronted as chief of the Methodist circulation, resembling the way in which he dealt with modern feedback of Primitive Physic while non secular 'enthusiasm' was once frequently conflated with scientific 'quackery'. 'A reasonable, secure and typical medication' can be of curiosity not just to scientific and literary historians, yet to somebody who's drawn to the best way faith affects drugs. Contents** Preface** Acknowledgements** half I: The scientific Holism of Primitive Physic** 1 creation: Primitive Physic Explain'd in a simple and traditional Method** 2 John Wesley's Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and functional Piety** three event and the typical curiosity of Mankind: Physic, an artwork or technological know-how in Eighteenth-Century England?** four holding wellbeing and fitness, or a number of simple and straightforward Rules** half II: Primitive Physic: 'A number of Receipts'** five Primitive Physic: reasonable, secure and traditional medication for healthiness and lengthy Life** 6 end: the hunt for Pristine Purity** Bibliography** Index**

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23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. Study of Eighteenth-Century Medicine (London: Epworth Press, 1958) in that it provides a brief overview of Wesley’s medical practice. J. ), Studies in Church History, Vol. 19, The Church and Healing (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1982), also provides a brief explication of Wesley’s ‘amateur’ medicine in the context of Methodist spiritual healing. G. R. Riddell, ‘Wesley’s System of Medicine’, New York Medical Journal, 99 (1914), 64–8 and G. Dock, ‘The Primitive Physick of Revd John Wesley: A Picture of Eighteenth-Century Medicine’, The Journal of the American Medical Association, 64 (1915), 629–38.

The simplicity and discipline of this group led him to question the idealised, static and conservative view of Primitive Christianity 32 John Wesley’s Hermeneutics of Primitive Christianity and Practical Piety that he inherited from his father. 12 Wesley internalised patristic texts to such an extent that the act of weaving together intricate and complex sources became second nature to him. He allowed no authority to approach that of Scripture, but patristic evidence pointed to Scriptural truth and could be used to illuminate or allude to esoteric and obscure passages in the Bible.

89 Wesley’s emphasis on the struggle involved here was closely allied to his complex and sophisticated historical analysis of Primitive Christianity. This was a dynamic, as opposed to an idealised, static interpretation, of the early Church – the latter of which had been provided by many seventeenthcentury Anglican writers. 90 This is conveyed in the Pauline epistles and existed in the New Testament era, tarnishing the image of the Jerusalem Church – Wesley’s supreme model of Primitive Christianity.

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