Joseph W. Cunningham, M.A. (Aquinas Institute of Theology), Ph.D. (NTC), ‘Perceptible Inspiration: A Model for John Wesley’s Pneumatology’, 2010, published as John Wesley's Pneumatology: Perceptible Inspiration (Ashgate, 2014)

Dr Cunningham's study explores John Wesley’s theology of the Holy Spirit by using the doctrine of perceptible inspiration – which Wesley elucidated in a series of letters between 1745 and 1748 – as its model. He is lecturer in Philosophy and Religious Studies at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan, an assistant editor of Wesley and Methodist Studies, and senior pastor at Saginaw First Free Methodist Church.


John Wesley’s Pneumatology: Perceptible Inspiration (Ashgate/Routledge, 2014/16)

The Path of Holiness: Perspectives in Wesleyan Thought in Honor of Herbert McGonigle (Emeth Press, 2014)

Essays/Peer-Reviewed Articles

'Purity in the Wesleyan Tradition', in Purity: Essays in Bible and Theology, Andrew Brower-Latz and Arseny Ermakov, eds. (Pickwick, 2014)

‘What has Athens to do with Oxford: A Study in Wesleyan Theology and Virtue Ethics’ in The Path of Holiness (Emeth Press, 2014)

‘Justification by Faith: Richard Baxter’s Influence on John Wesley’ in The Asbury Journal, vol. 67 no. 2 (2012)

‘John Wesley’s Moral Pneumatology: The Fruits of the Spirit as Theological Virtues’, in Studies in Christian Ethics, vol. 24 no. 3 (Fall 2011)

‘A New Trajectory in Wesleyan Pneumatology: “Perceptible Inspiration” Reconsidered’, in the Wesleyan Theological Journal, vol. 45 no. 2 (Fall 2010).

‘The Methodist Doctrine of Christian Perfection: Charles Wesley’s Contribution Contextualized’, in Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 2 (2010)

‘John Wesley’s Religious Epistemology’ (Co-authored with Scott Crothers), in via Media Philosophy: Holiness unto Truth: Intersection between Wesleyan and Roman Catholic  Voices, L. Bryan Williams, ed. (New Castle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2009)

‘Pneumatology through Correspondence: The Letters of John Wesley and “John Smith” (1745-1748)’, in Wesley and Methodist Studies, vol. 1 (2009)

Joseph Cunningham's CV