Heart Religion In The Methodist Tradition And Related Movements

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This resource displays the variety of ways in which the Wesleys' concept of 'the religion of the heart' (that is, the affective dimension of Christian faith) has been understood and embodied in the Methodist tradition. The author then offers some practical suggestions on how a livelier piety, a more deeply felt faith, can be fostered in local congregations, without leading into anti-intellectualism, fanatical emotionalism or maudlin sentimentality. This part approaches theology, worship, preaching, pastoral care,...

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Overview

This resource displays the variety of ways in which the Wesleys' concept of 'the religion of the heart' (that is, the affective dimension of Christian faith) has been understood and embodied in the Methodist tradition. The author then offers some practical suggestions on how a livelier piety, a more deeply felt faith, can be fostered in local congregations, without leading into anti-intellectualism, fanatical emotionalism or maudlin sentimentality. This part approaches theology, worship, preaching, pastoral care, and educational ministry.

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Editorial Reviews

Methodist Recorder
There is much good meat here...I commend this book to readers who want to explore the heart of our tradition springing up in very varied styles in the "Many Methodisms," especially in the black and very divergent feminist forms. This is a well-produced set of essays...
Proceedings Of The Wesley Historical Society
This is a welcome and thorough study of Wesley's 'religion of the heart'...
Reference and Research Book News
These 11 essays trace the development of religions of the heart, especially in the United States. They trace the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of the German Pietists, the African-American tradition, the Holiness movement, and the experiences of women in American Methodism. They also consider the state of heart religions today, centering the discussion on issues like preaching, education, the passions, faith and grace, and orthopathy. Contributors include ministers, philosophers, theologians, and behavioral scientists.
Booknews
These 11 essays trace the development of religions of the heart, especially in the United States. They trace the historical, social, and cultural dimensions of the German Pietists, the African-American tradition, the Holiness movement, and the experiences of women in American Methodism. They also consider the state of heart religion today, centering the discussion on issues like preaching, education, the passions, faith and grace, and orthopathy. Contributors include ministers, philosophers, theologians, and behavioral scientists. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810840577
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Series: Pietist and Wesleyan Studies Series , #12
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 0.96 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard B. Steele is an ordained United Methodist minister, who presently serves as Professor of Moral and Historical Theology and Chair of the Department of Theology in the Seattle Pacific University School of Theology, Seattle, WA.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Editors' Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 A Change of Affections: The Development, Dynamics, and Dethronement of John Wesley's Heart Religion 3
2 "Inwardly Persuaded": Religion of the Heart in Early British Methodism 33
3 The Warmed Heart in the German Idiom 67
4 "My Chains Fell Off": Heart Religion in the African American Methodist Tradition 97
5 Heart Religion on the Divide 127
6 "The Spirit's Cry in the Soul": Heart Religion Among American Methodist Women 175
7 Shaping Heart Religion through Preaching and Pastoral Care 209
8 Educating the Heart 225
9 The Passion and the Passions 245
10 The Role of Faith and the Means of Grace in the Heart Religion of John Wesley 273
11 Orthopathy: Wesleyan Criteria for Religious Experience 291
Index 307
About the Contributors 313
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