A Trinitarian Theology of Sanctification for the Wesleyan Tradition

A Trinitarian Theology of Sanctification for the Wesleyan Tradition

Glen O’Brien
University of Divinity
 
Abstract: This paper suggests a revision of the Wesleyan doctrine of sanctification along Trinitarian lines. Such a revision can open up toward future iterations of the doctrine which overcome the tritheistic tendencies in its current formulation. The appropriation of social Trinitarianism by a number of theologians is identified as a way forward for the Wesleyan tradition to overcome its tendency to polarise toward either Pneumatological or Christological emphases in its doctrine of sanctification. A re-examination of the doctrine of the Trinity, both in its classical and contemporary forms, can help the Wesleyan theological tradition to reconstruct its theology of sanctification, understood not as the removal of any sub-stratum of depravity adhering to the soul, but as the restoration of the human person to the divine intention—full and unhindered love of God and neighbour.