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Wesley Scholar Reviews Script

Posted by Administrator (samuel) on Jun 20 2006
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heitzenrater.jpgDr. Richard Heitzenrater, William Kellon Quick Professor of Church History and Wesley Studies at Duke University Divinity School, Durham NC, is currently reviewing the Wesley script for historical and theological accuracy. Heitzenrater is widely recognized worldwide as a leading scholar on Wesley.

"Dr. Heitzenrater's assistance on the project is invaluable," said John Jackman, producer of the film. "His encyclopedic knowledge of Wesley's life and thought will be a real asset as we tackle the final revision of the script. Heitzenrater also reviewed the earlier 1988 script by John Wells and Norman Stone, The Burning, which was made into a live stage play in the UK. The Wesley script incorporates portions of The Burning which were felt to be dramatically effective on film.

Best known for "breaking the code" of Wesley's personal diaries, Heitzenrater is General Editor of the Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley, which includes his work in the seven volumes of Journals and Diaries. During 2002-03, he is a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology. Professor Heitzenrater has lectured at many distinguished institutions across North America as well as Great Britain, Europe, Japan, Singapore, and Brazil. He has published over a dozen books, including Wesley and the People Called Methodists, now translated into six languages. He has contributed seventeen chapters to other books and published more than a dozen major scholarly articles. Heitzenrater chaired the writing committee of the Committee on Our Theological Task that wrote the present doctrinal statement in Part II of The Book of Discipline of the United Methodist Church. He is presently senior co-editor of Church History, the journal of the American Society of Church History, and co-chairs the Wesley Studies Group of the Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. He has been a clergy member of the Western Pennsylvania Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church for over forty years.

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