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William Burt Pope

The writings of William Burt Pope: Catalogued, organized, linked, and commented on.

R.W. Moss, The Rev. W. B. Pope, D.D.: Theologian and Saint

This 126-page book, not available digitally as far as I know, is the fullest biography of Pope yet. It has eight chapters, covering Pope’s youth, student years, family life, Wesleyan ministry, position as theological tutor, preaching,…

The Writings of William Burt Pope (1822-1903)An Online Guide to his Publications

This page is a guide to what William Burt Pope published, with links to resource entries on each of his individual works.

Chronology of William Burt Pope

Early Life and Education (1822-1842) 1822: Born 19 Feb, Horton, Nova Scotia 1823: Family moves to St. Vincent, West Indies (missionary assignment) 1826: Brother dies 1827: Family moves to Turnchapel, Plymouth (village school and secondary school…

I, II, and III Johnin The International Illustrated Commentary on the New Testament, by American and English Scholars of Various Evangelical Denominations, ed Philip Schaff

A rare instance –perhaps the only instance?– of Pope engaging Scripture in a traditional commentary format. Pope considered I John to be the crowning statement of biblical revelation, and here at the end of his career…

1889 printing of A Compendium of Christian Theology, 2nd Edition, Revised and EnlargedBeing Analytical Outlines of a Course of Theological Study, Biblical, Dogmatic, Historical

This 1889 American printing is the final one during Pope’s lifetime. It is still the 2nd edition (there was no 3rd), but I believe it has a few silent alterations. I have not yet done a…

The Inward Witnessand Other Discourses

“Most of these Discourses were officially delivered, as they severally show, on important occasions; and their publication is in a certain sense matter of duty. A few have been added in deference to the more or…

“William Burt Pope, D.D.” in Methodist Worthies

A substantial biographical entry (14 pages) published during Pope’s lifetime. Stevenson provides a fuller account of Pope’s 20 years of church ministry than any other source. There are a few loose statements that are hard to…

A Higher Catechism of Theology

389pp. Much to say about this book! Pope’s Higher Catechism was translated into Welsh in 1905 as Uch-Holwyddorydd Diwinyddol.

Methodist Doctrine

In this essay published in 1881, Pope sketched the ways in which Methodist doctrine stood in strong continuity with the great tradition of classic Christian theology, and also drew out the unique contribution Methodism had to…

Erich Haupt, The First Epistle of St. John: A Contribution to Biblical Theology.Translated with an
introduction by W. B. Pope.

Pope provides a very long “Translator’s Preface,” running to 20 pages and giving his own view of the unique characteristics of First John. It is one of Pope’s fullest statements of his view of the letter’s…

A Compendium of Christian Theology, 2nd Edition, Revised and EnlargedBeing Analytical Outlines of a Course of Theological Study, Biblical, Dogmatic, Historical

This 1879 London edition of the Compendium, 3 volumes (1361 pages plus index), is the first definitive version. (There was never a third edition, but I have noticed a few minor changes in subsequent printings through…

Sermons, Addresses, and ChargesDelivered During his Year of Office

The Prayers of St. PaulBeing an Analysis and Exposition of the Devotional Portion of the Apostle's Writings

“The substance of these Papers has appeared in the Methodist Magazine. The Writer, being requested to collect them into a volume, has taken the opportunity of expanding the original Essays and making them somewhat more complete…

Memoir of the late James Heald of Parrs Wood

Pope’s biography of James Heald (1796-1873), a devout lay Methodist banker and MP (representing Stockport in the House of Commons). 68pp Includes one of Heald’s sermons on 3 John 1:2 (“that you may prosper and be…

A Compendium of Christian Theology (1st ed.)Being Analytical Outlines of a Course of Theological Study, Biblical, Dogmatic, Historical

This is the single-volume, 752-page first edition of Pope’s Compendium. Pope greatly expanded it for the three-volume, 1361-page second edition with a general index. This first edition was so definitively superseded by the second edition that…

The Person of Christ: Dogmatic, Scriptural, Historical

The Fernley Lecture of 1871, With Two Additional Essays on the Biblical and Ecclesiastical Development of the Doctrine, and Illustrative Notes. Second Edition. London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1875. 302pp, additions as noted in preface. Definitive statement…

A Memoir of John Fernley, Esq., J.P., Late of Clairville, Southportreprinted from the Wesleyan-Methodist Magazine, with Corrections and Additions

Pope’s memorial pamphlet for John Fernley (1796-1873), a philanthropic Methodist layman. Fernley was a cotton manufacturer who retired from business in his forties. Among his other projects, he envisioned and endowed the Fernley lectures (in which…

The Peculiarities of Methodist DoctrineAn Address delivered in the open Session of the Irish Wesleyan-Methodist Conference, June 19th , 1873

I have not yet located a copy of this talk, but it came at a crucial juncture in Pope’s project, at the same time that he published Winer’s Comparative View and was pondering how Methodism fit within the overall Christian world. The speech must overlap considerably in content with the later essay on “Methodist Theology” (1881), but the emphasis the title puts on “peculiarities” is a note that is more suppressed in later work. There is a long, unsigned review of the book published in The Wesleyan Methodist Magazine (Nov 1873), pages 978-987.