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