John Wesley and the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Theotokos

A great thanks once more to the wonderful blog “Orthodoxy and Heterodoxy” for pointing out an interesting theological tidbit to me. John Wesley the Anglican priest and founder of my current denomination, Methodism, was a firm believer in the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Theotokos.

“I believe that he [Jesus] was made man, joining the human nature with the divine in one person; being conceived by the singular operation of the Holy Ghost, and born of the blessed Virgin Mary, who, as well after as before she brought him forth, continued a pure and unspotted virgin.”

-John Wesley Letter to a Roman Catholic

I wonder how many contemporary Methodist pastors agree with John Wesley? I can’t say I’ve ever heard a single Methodist pastor state the doctrine of blessed Mary’s perpetual virginity. Of course most Methodist pastors follow the general Protestant trend and never even mention the blessed Mary outside of the Christmas story (Except for a brief reference here and there where we could almost miss the fact that Mary has a part in these stories at all!)

P.S. Part two of my short series on Orthodox authority will be posted tomorrow, but you can already listen to Fr. Hopko’s podcast that I posted and hear it much more eloquently stated!


~ by crossingthebosporus on July 6, 2012.

One Response to “John Wesley and the Perpetual Virginity of the Blessed Theotokos”

  1. Another reason to love John Wesley – hooray 🙂

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