Wesleyan principles of holistic health
Our friends at Church Health Reader recently published Part 2 of an interview with Duke Divinity Professor Randy L. Maddox, discussing John Wesley's views of health and medicine.
Wesley integrated wellness promotion into the work of circuit riders and Methodist societies, stressing the wisdom of prevention: taking care of ourselves every day to ward off major illness. His Primitive Physick, one of the most widely distributed English-language books of Wesley's time, gave simple advice on exercise, diet, and other daily practices.
Though modern medicine has advanced significantly since Wesley’s time, many of the principles he espoused – exercise, a diet that emphasizes moderation -- remain remarkably prescient.
John James, M.A.
Research Analyst, Clergy Health Initiative