A Brand from the Burning, by Roy Hattersley

Lock up your sons and daughters, John Wesley is riding into town! According to Roy Hattersley, Wesley was a man of "dubious conduct." Maybe he was even a psychologically disturbed religious megalomaniac who used the Methodist movement as a vehicle for establishing his own status and salvation.

As a man, Wesley was "silly about women" and "remained, into old age, dangerously susceptible to every woman who seemed to admire him," Hattersley charges. His relationships were characterized by "emotional irresponsibility" and even bordered on "emotional masochism." Perhaps the problem of sexual impotence accounted for his "juvenile pursuit of women" well into middle age?


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