Methodism: Empire of the Spirit / Edition 1

Methodism: Empire of the Spirit / Edition 1

by David Hempton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300106149

ISBN-13: 9780300106145

Pub. Date: 03/11/2005

Publisher: Yale University Press

The emergence of Methodism was arguably the most significant transformation of Protestant Christianity since the Reformation. This book explores the rise of Methodism from its unpromising origins as a religious society within the Church of England in the 1730s to a major international religious movement by the 1880s. During that period Methodism refashioned the old

Overview

The emergence of Methodism was arguably the most significant transformation of Protestant Christianity since the Reformation. This book explores the rise of Methodism from its unpromising origins as a religious society within the Church of England in the 1730s to a major international religious movement by the 1880s. During that period Methodism refashioned the old denominational order in the British Isles, became the largest religious denomination in the United States, and gave rise to the most dynamic world missionary movement of the nineteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, Methodism had circled the globe and was poised to become one of the fastest-growing religious traditions in the modern world.

David Hempton, a preeminent authority on the history of Methodism, digs beneath the hard surface of institutional expansion to get to the heart of the movement as a dynamic and living faith tradition. Methodism was a movement of discipline and sobriety, but also of ecstasy and enthusiasm. A noisy, restless, and emotional tradition, Methodism fundamentally reshaped British and American culture in the age of industrialization, democratization, and the rise of empire.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300106145
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/11/2005
Pages:
304
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Table of Contents

Contents

Acknowledgments....................xi
INTRODUCTION: Methods and Methodism....................1
ONE. Competition and Symbiosis....................11
TWO. Enlightenment and Enthusiasm....................32
THREE. The Medium and the Message....................55
FOUR. Opposition and Conflict....................86
FIVE. Money and Power....................109
SIX. Boundaries and Margins....................131
SEVEN. Mapping and Mission....................151
EIGHT. Consolidation and Decline....................178
NINE. Methodism's Rise and Fall....................202
APPENDIX: Methodist Membership and Rates of Change, United States and United Kingdom....................211
Chronology....................217
Notes....................227
Suggestions for Further Reading....................259
Index....................269

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