Methodism: A Very Short Introduction
Beginning as a renewal movement within Anglicanism in the eighteenth century, Methodism had become the largest Protestant denomination in the USA in the nineteenth century, and is today one of the most vibrant forms of Christianity. Representing a complex spiritual...
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Beginning as a renewal movement within Anglicanism in the eighteenth century, Methodism had become the largest Protestant denomination in the USA in the nineteenth century, and is today one of the most vibrant forms of Christianity. Representing a complex spiritual and evangelistic experiment that involves a passionate commitment to worldwide mission, it covers a global network of Christian denominations. In this Very Short Introduction William J. Abraham trace Methodism from its origins in the work of John Wesley and the hymns of his brother, Charles Wesley, in the eighteenth century, right up to the present. Considering the identity, nature, and history of Methodism, Abraham provides a fresh account of the place of Methodism in the life and thought of the Christian Church. Describing the message of Methodism, and who the Methodists are, he also considers the practices of Methodism,and discusses the global impact of Methodism and its decline in the homelands. Finally Abraham looks forward, and considers the future prospects for Methodism.ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
William J. Abraham (D.Phil., Regent's Park College, Oxford University) is Albert Cook Outler Distinguished Professor of Theology and Wesley Studies at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University. His books include Canon and Criterion in Christian Theology: From the Fathers to Feminism (Oxford); Waking from Doctrinal Amnesia (Abingdon Press); The Logic of Evangelism(Eerdmans); The Rationality of Religious Belief, edited with Steven W. Holtzer (Clarendon Press); Divine Revelation and the Limits of Historical Criticism (Oxford University Press) and An Introduction to the Philosophy of Religion (Prentice-Hall).
- Introduction1: John Wesley And The Origins Of Methodism2: Supporting Background Music3: The People Called Methodists4: The Message Of Methodism5: The Search For Credible Alternatives6: The Practices Of Methodism7: The Impact Of Methodism8: The Decline Of Methodism9: The Future Prospects Of Methodismreferencesfurther Readingindex