The Poor and the People Called Methodists

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This book describes and examines the Wesleyan attitude toward and programs with the poor from the time of John Wesley to the present. The chapters consist of revised versions of ten presentations given at a major symposium on "The Wesleys and the Poor: The Legacy and Development of Methodist Attitudes Toward Poverty, 1730-1999," in October 1999 at Southern Methodist University. The contributors represent the best of current thinking on a broad spectrum of concerns, including historical, theological, musical, ...
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Overview

This book describes and examines the Wesleyan attitude toward and programs with the poor from the time of John Wesley to the present. The chapters consist of revised versions of ten presentations given at a major symposium on "The Wesleys and the Poor: The Legacy and Development of Methodist Attitudes Toward Poverty, 1730-1999," in October 1999 at Southern Methodist University. The contributors represent the best of current thinking on a broad spectrum of concerns, including historical, theological, musical, institutional, and pastoral issues related to poverty and the church in the Wesleyan heritage.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780687051557
  • Publisher: Kingswood Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2002
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,511,218
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

(2012) Richard P. Heitzenrater is William Kellon Quick Professor Emeritus of Church History and Wesley Studies at The Divinity School, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina; and General Editor of the Bicentennial Edition of the Works of John Wesley.He is also a member of the board of Kingswood Books.
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Table of Contents

Preface 7
Introduction 9
Ch. 1 The Poor and the People Called Methodists 15
Ch. 2 The Image of Christ in the Poor: On the Medieval Roots of the Wesleys' Ministry with the Poor 39
Ch. 3 "Visit the Poor": John Wesley, the Poor, and the Sanctification of Believers 59
Ch. 4 Between God and the Poor: Rethinking the Means of Grace in the Wesleyan Tradition 83
Ch. 5 Perfection Revisited: Charles Wesley's Theology of "Gospel Poverty" and "Perfect Poverty" 101
Ch. 6 Eighteenth-Century Methodism and the London Poor 121
Ch. 7 Friends of All? The Wesleyan Response to Urban Poverty in Britain and Ireland, 1785-1840 131
Ch. 8 From Revivalism to Socialism: The Impact of the Poor on Harry Ward 161
Ch. 9 "The Poor Will Always Be with You": Can Wesley Help Us Discover How Best to Serve "Our Poor" Today? 181
App. I Contemporary Issues and Models of Ministry with the Poor, the Underrepresented, and the Ignored 195
App. II "Happy the multitude": A musical setting of a Charles Wesley hymn 209
App. III The Poor and the People Called Methodists: An Exhibit 211
Abbreviations 235
Contributors 237
Index 241
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