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Methodism : a very short introduction

by William J. Abraham

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Methodism was originally a movement to bring spiritual vitality to the Church of England in the 18th century.
The inevitable upshot of these developments is that any kind of survey of Methodists and their teaching on the ground will yield what had already been recognized in the 1960s, namely, no coherent message and no coherent body of doctrine.   Whether we call it pluralism or whether we call it chaos is a matter of semantics.  (“The Search for Credible Alternatives,” p.61)
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Methodism began as a renewal movement within Anglicanism in the 18th century, dominated the Protestant landscape of the USA in the 19th, and continues to be one of the most vibrant forms of Christianity worldwide today. This Very Short Introduction traces Methodism from its origins in the work of John Wesley right up to the present day. Considering the identity, nature, and history of Methodism, William J. Abraham provides a fresh account of its place in the life and thought of the Christian Church.

Contents: 1. John Wesley and the origins of Methodism -- 2. Supporting background stimuli -- 3. The people called Methodists -- 4. The message of Methodism -- 5. The search for credible alternatives -- 6. The practice of Methodism -- 7. The impact of Methodist -- 8. The decline of Methodism -- 9. Future prospects of Methodism.

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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 traces 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.… (more)

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