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Durham University

Department of Theology and Religion


Publication details for Revd Dr Peter Phillips

Phillips, Peter (2016). Wesley's Parish and the Digital Age? Holiness: The Journal of Wesley House 2(3): 337-358.

Author(s) from Durham


The following article was delivered as the annual lecture of the Methodist
Sacramental Fellowship at the 2016 Methodist Conference in London.
Beginning with the original context of John Wesley’s well-known phrase, ‘the
world as my parish’, this article explores the digital aspects of our global parish
today. Putting the digital age on the agenda of the Church’s mission is seen as
a similar response to Wesley’s decision to become ‘more vile’ and enter the world
of field preaching. The lecture concludes by offering a fresh approach to
Methodist identity magnified by aspects of digital culture, calling for the creation
of digital Arminianism, digital field preaching, digital creativity and,
ultimately, a digital parish. The article proposes that Methodism embrace a
digital social holiness to spread scriptural holiness throughout the geographic
and digital landscape.