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William J. Abraham is a United Methodist pastor and theologian. A native of Ireland, he is currently the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University. [1]

Dr. Abraham is associated with the Confessing Movement[2] in The United Methodist Church and is a proponent of "Canonical Theism" that looks to the canons of the ancient ecumenical Church as a source for renewing Mainline Protestant Churches.

Basic Academic Information


D.D. (h.c.), Asbury Theological Seminary, 2008; D.Phil., Regent's Park College, Oxford University, 1977; M.Div., Asbury Theological Seminary, 1973; B.A., The Queen's University of Belfast, 1970

Teaching Specialties

Religious epistemology, John Wesley, doctrine of revelation, systematic theology, philosophy of religion, evangelism

Research Interests

Wesleyan and Methodist theology, Cardinal Newman, renewal movements in Christianity, ecclesiology, divine revelation, theological education

Selected Publications

Crossing the Threshold of Divine Revelation (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2007); Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1998); The Logic of Evangelism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1989); The Rationality of Religious Belief, edited with Steven W. Holtzer (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987); Divine Revelation and the Limits of Historical Criticism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000); An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1985)



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