Vintage postcard of Aberdeen High School, Moncton
John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, died on this date in 1791 (born 1703).
John Ayre in his biography provides this now famous anecdote of the young school boy’s first epiphany. In Frye’s words, he was
walking along St. George St. to high school and just suddenly the whole shitty and smelly garment (of fundamental teaching I had all my life) just dropped off into the sewers and stayed there. It was like the Bunyan feeling, about the burden of sin falling off his back only with me it was a burden of anxiety. Anything might have touched it off, but I don’t know what specifically did, or if anything did. I just remember that suddenly that that was no longer a part of me and never would again. (44)