The Writings of

Daniel D. Whedon (1808 - 1885).

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Daniel Whedon was born in 1808 in Onondaga, N.Y. He was professor of Ancient Languages in Wesleyan University, studied law and had some years of pastoral experience. He was editor of the
Methodist Quarterly Review, a scholarly theological magazine, for more than twenty years. He wrote a commentary on the entire New Testament, and oversaw the work on a companion commentary on the Old Testament. He wrote many articles for religious magazines. He was the author of the well-known and important work, Freedom of the Will. Dr. Whedon was noted for his incisive, vigorous style, both as preacher and writer. He died at Atlantic Highlands, N.J., June 8, 1885.

Dr. Whedon was a very important figure in the struggle between Calvinism and Arminianism in the nineteenth-century.

I have been reading and editing some of Dr. Whedon’s shorter essays, many of which appeared in the
Methodist Quarterly Review during his lifetime. (Two collections of Dr. Whedon’s occasional writings were printed after his death.)

  • What Is Arminianism? This essay gives an overview of the differences between Arminian and Calvinistic theologies. Dr. Whedon also includes and sketch of the progress of Arminian theology and a sketch of the life of Arminius.
  • The Doctrines of Methodism. First published in the journal Bibliotheca Sacra in April 1862, this article is an attempt to show the philosophical differences between Methodist teaching and Calvinism. Dr. Whedon writes: "It is our purpose in the present article to furnish a brief statement of the doctrines of the Methodist Episcopal Church, especially those points in which there exists an issue with Calvinism." This is a philosophical presentation, and not a primer on Wesleyan teaching.
  • Christian Perfection. Dr. Whedon attempts a restatement of Wesley’s doctrine of Christian Perfection — and to guard against attempts to over-state the case.