A scene from the Leben der heiligen Altväter (1482)

William Burt Pope

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

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.

Translation of Georg Benedikt Winer’s Comparative View of the Doctrines and Confessions of the Various Communities of Christendom

(placeholder) See a description of this work here. Just the charts from Winer’s book here; cleaned-up version of them here.

Memoir of the Rev. John Hannah, D.D.in John Hannah, Introductory Lectures on the Study of Christian Theology: with Outlines of Lectures on the Doctrines of Christianity: to which is prefixed a memoir of the Rev. John Hannah, D.D., by W.B. Pope

Pope edited for posthumous publication the lectures of John Hannah (1792-1867), his own theology tutor and also his predecessor in the chair at Didsbury. Pope’s introductory memoir is 70 pages long, and reveals much about what…

The Person of Christ: A Discourse (First Edition)Delivered at the Grosvenor-Street Chapel, Manchester, July 25th, 1871 in Connection with the Assembling of the Wesleyan-Methodist Conference, Being the Second Lecture on the Foundation of John Fernley, Esq, With the History of the Doctrine of Christ's Person, and Notes

Note: This first edition of Person of Christ was superseded a few years later by the second, enlarged edition (The Person of Christ: Dogmatic, Scriptural, Historical). For almost all purposes, that second edition is the one…

Discourses on the Kingdom and Reign of ChristDelivered in the Chapel of the Wesleyan Theological Institution at Didsbury

Pope had taken the late John Hannah’s chair as tutor at Didsbury College in 1867; this book was published 1869. 21 chapters, 395pp. In 1880, Pope published a “Third and Enlarged Edition” of these sermons under…

“O Spare Me”A Sermon for the New Year

PDF link below. Here is the text cleaned up for easier browser reading, with block quotes and section headings provided by me. “O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be…

“Inaugural Address” at Disburydelivered in the College Chapel, Didsbury, on Friday, September 20th, 1867

I have not yet located this document. Stevenson reports on it: The Rev. Dr. John Hannah, who had for many years been the Theological Tutor at the Didsbury Wesleyan College, died before the Conference of 1867 ; to supply his place was not very difficult, with such a master of theology at command as William Burt Pope. He had for twenty-five years served the Connexion in circuit work ; he was therefore well acquainted with all the requirements of the people as regards ministers, and his transfer to the Theological Professor’s Chair at Didsbury, in 1867, was a wise decision of the Conference. His Inaugural Address, delivered on the occasion of commencing his duties there, forms a printed pamphlet of thirty pages, which was read with eager interest when printed, and only served to confirm the Conference in the wisdom of their choice. (“Pope,”…

“The Presence of Christ in His Church”

“The Dawn”Romans 13:11ff, An Exposition for the New Year

“Afterward” (Matt 21:29,32): 1865-1866

The Abiding Word

An early sermon on I Peter 1:24-25 by William Burt Pope, published as a booklet. Robertson, in Methodist Worthies (p. 438), reports that it was “preached on behalf of the Wesleyan Foreign Missionary Society, in 1865,…

Love of the Commandment

A sermon preached to young men at Woodhouse Grove School.

Translator, J.H.A. Ebrard’s Biblical Commentary on the Epistles of St. Johnin continuation of the work of Olshausen

Translation of Rudolf Stier’s Words of the Lord Jesus

From 1855 to 1859, Pope translated nine volumes (4,500 pages) of Rudolf Stier’s Words of the Lord Jesus (Die Reden des Herrn Jesu). In these volumes, Stier (1800-1862) set himself to comment on every recorded word…

“The Holmfirth Flood”

R.W. Moss identifies this as Pope’s earliest publication. It is signed W.B.P., Halifax. It really is a ten-page account of a terrible flood.