From the Apostles to Wesley: Christian Perfection in Historical Perspective

"It is the thesis of this monograph, that the teaching of Christian perfection derives essentially from the Scriptures, and that Wesley's doctrine, far from being a sectarian vagary is, indeed, in George Croft Cell's words, 'an original and unique synthesis' of the Protestant ethic of grace and the Catholic ideal of holiness.

"A survey of the history of Christian thought leads to the conclusion that the doctrine of Christian perfection--understood not as a final and absolute attainment, but as a realizable experience of heart purity and perfect love, making possible ever-increasijng growth in Christlikeness--is no "theological provincialism" but the expression of a conviction which has possessed many of the greatest theologians of the Christian Church through the centuries."