Early Methodist Life and Spirituality: A Reader

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Representative writings of early American Methodists illustrating their spirituality and lives.
This book presents primary source material from the writings of early American Methodists (ca. 1770-1820). Ruth topically organizes and sets each reading in context. Materials from Francis Asbury, Thomas Coke, Peter Cartwright, as well as rank-and-file Methodists are included. Ruth's book demonstrates that early Methodism was made up of both men and women and both Black and White ...
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Overview

Representative writings of early American Methodists illustrating their spirituality and lives.
This book presents primary source material from the writings of early American Methodists (ca. 1770-1820). Ruth topically organizes and sets each reading in context. Materials from Francis Asbury, Thomas Coke, Peter Cartwright, as well as rank-and-file Methodists are included. Ruth's book demonstrates that early Methodism was made up of both men and women and both Black and White persons. The primary material includes sermon outlines, journal and diary entries, excerpts from correspondence, hymnody and poetry, theological reflections, and contemporaneous historical descriptions.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687342747
  • Publisher: Kingswood Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Lester Ruth is the Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School.

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Table of Contents

Introduction : early American Methodists in context 3
Ch. 1 Jesus Christ 31
Ch. 2 Conversion and "experimental religion" 67
Ch. 3 Sanctification 101
Ch. 4 Heaven and hell 135
Ch. 5 Shouting and other ecstatic experiences 161
Ch. 6 Worship and preaching 189
Ch. 7 Ethos 225
Ch. 8 Church fellowship, discipline, and expulsion 257
Ch. 9 Death 287
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