Four Reasons Why John Wesley Opposed the American Revolution

5 Jul

As we historians like to point out in one way or another (even if few pay us any attention), the past is more complicated than many have been led to believe. Apropos the 4th of July, just because the American Revolution was successful, was it a justified rebellion? Should Christians have supported it? See what John Wesley thought, courtesy of historian David Swartz: Four Reasons Why John Wesley Opposed the American Revolution

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One Response to “Four Reasons Why John Wesley Opposed the American Revolution”

  1. Douglas Firth Anderson July 5, 2017 at 2:16 pm #

    True, but all writing about the past has to come from some perspective, and all writers have to select–include some things and not include others, emphasize some things and not others. And, further, sometimes the “facts” are themselves in dispute and/or not clear. (Evidence is not always available, or clear.) Finally, facts don’t speak for themselves–they need interpreting–which takes us back to all writing about the past necessitating having some perspective, e.g., these are the important facts and not those …

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