John Bennet and the Origins of Methodism and the Evangelical Revival in England

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Despite being a pioneer preacher in his own right, John Wesley was not the sole figure responsible for bringing about the Evangelical Revival in eighteenth-century England. In many areas of the country he was preceded by work carried out by men and women who established groups of converts which later formed the local Methodist church. Using unique manuscripts previously unexploited by Wesleyan scholarship, Dr. Simon Ross Valentine has produced a biography of one such early preacher, John Bennet (1714-1759). ...

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Despite being a pioneer preacher in his own right, John Wesley was not the sole figure responsible for bringing about the Evangelical Revival in eighteenth-century England. In many areas of the country he was preceded by work carried out by men and women who established groups of converts which later formed the local Methodist church. Using unique manuscripts previously unexploited by Wesleyan scholarship, Dr. Simon Ross Valentine has produced a biography of one such early preacher, John Bennet (1714-1759). Following a dramatic conversion experience in 1742, Bennet associated himself with Benjamin Ingham and David Taylor. From 1742 to 1749, he worked as a Methodist lay preacher, carrying out evangelistic activities throughout the north of England. Bennet was also a pioneering influence in the origins of Methodism by introducing both the Quarterly Meeting and Annual Conference. Because he ultimately refused to submit to Wesley's doctrine, Methodist historians have presented Bennet as "a treacherous and unfriendly man." Valentine, perceiving the need for a more objective reappraisal of Bennet's significance, and drawing on considerable Bennet correspondence, has produced this first sympathetic biography of the early preacher. Recommended for all individuals and libraries seeking fresh insight into the origins of eighteenth century Methodism. Includes bibliography, endnotes, and illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Albion
Valentine has given us a very readable study that is carefully researched and closely documented.
Journal Of Religious History
Valentine has done a great service to those interested in Methodist history by bringing to center stage a character previously confined to a bit part...
Proceedings Of The Wesley Historical Society
...we now have Dr. Valentine's full scale study of Bennett, a first rate and readable piece of work based on the remaining primary sources...well produced, with good illustrations...
Wesley Historical Society
Methodist historians should benefit from this major reassessment of Bennet's contribution to Methodism.
Wesley Historical Society
Methodist historians should benefit from this major reassessment of Bennet's contribution to Methodism..
Booknews
A biography of a preacher of the early Evangelical Revival in 18th- century England. He worked as a Methodist lay preacher and was a pioneering influence in the origins of Methodism by introducing both the Quarterly Meeting and Annual Conference. He ultimately refused to submit to John Wesley's doctrine. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810833265
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Pietist and Wesleyan Studies Series , #9
  • Pages: 464
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.78 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon Ross Valentine is Head of Religious Studies at the Bradford Grammar School and part-time lecturer at the University of Bradford.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Abbreviations
Abbreviations Used by Bennet
"A Declaration of My Faith"
Foreword
Editors' Preface
Preface
Introduction 1
1 Source Material for the Life of John Bennet 5
2 Bennet's Early Years, 1714-1730 13
3 Working as a Legal Clerk and a Commercial Carrier 27
4 Bennet's Conversion and Association with Ingham 35
5 First Links with Methodism, June 1742-April 1743 57
6 Pioneer Evangelist in the Early Days of Wesleyan Methodism, April-August 1743 65
7 The Establishment of Bennet's Round 77
8 The First Methodist Conference, June 1744 99
9 Further Riots and Persecution, December 1746-April 1747 111
10 "Ye Methodist Parson," Winter 1747-1748 121
11 Wesley's Chief Strategist on the Northwest Front 139
12 Magistrates, Mobs, and Miracles, Summer 1748 151
13 Bennet and the Origin of the Methodist Quarterly Meeting 161
14 "Comfortable Relations of Love & Unity": The Condition of the Northern Societies, October 1748-October 1749 173
15 Grace Murray's Early Years and Conversion, 1715-1740 193
16 Grace Murray's Life with the Methodists and Her Marriage to Bennet, 1740-1749 203
17 Grace Murray: "A Real Pious Saint of Christ" 221
18 The Calm before the Storm, 1750-1752 241
19 Rivalry and Rift: Bennet's Separation from Methodism 249
20 Bennet and the Origins of Bolton Congregationalism 267
21 Ordination and the Warburton Ministry, 1754-1759 277
22 The Sources of Bennet's Theology 287
23 Salvation, Redemption, and the "Calvinian Bottom" 297
24 The Assurance of Salvation 309
25 Bennet and the Doctrine of Perfection 315
26 Bennet and Baptism 321
27 Bennet the Preacher 327
28 John Bennet: "Servant of Jesus Christ in the Worke of the Gospel" - Conclusion: Bennet's Significance 337
Bennet's Literary Works 341
Selected Bibliography 347
Index 355
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