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- Author: J.S. Lidgett
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Lidgett, J. S. - Fatherhood of God in Christian Truth and Life 1.0
Theology Proper (NatureOfGod) Methodist
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John Scott Lidgett (1854-1953), a Wesleyan minister, has been called the greatest Methodist since John Wesley. His many interests in education, mission alongside the poor, ecumenism and politics, stemmed from his theology.
His systematic theology emerges in five books—The Spiritual Principle of the Atonement (1897), thought at first dangerous by some Wesleyans; The Fatherhood of God (1902); The Christian Religion, its Meaning and Proof (1907) and later two theological commentaries on Ephesians and Hebrews, God in Christ Jesus (1915) and Sonship and Salvation (1921).
Lidgett sees God’s sovereignty expressed in his fatherhood—Victorian fatherhood. His Wesleyan stress on the doctrine of universal love merges with F.D. Maurice’s assertion of Christ as the head of humanity. His doctrine of the atonement moves on from that of W.B. Pope and R.W. Dale (1829–95).
Christ’s absolute filial obedience to the Father is the key. This is not a ‘moral influence’ theory but it avoids the harshness of some transactional theories. It must be admitted that, though linking with the thinking of Charles Gore and A.M. Fairbairn, his style is ponderous, with relentless detail compared with P.T. Forsyth or R.C. Moberly. His vision of salvation builds on John Wesley’s doctrine of Christian perfection, seeing the whole of life as redeemable—the world of politics as well as the world of the church.
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