The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism

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A product of trans-Atlantic revivalism and awakening, Methodism initially took root in America in the eighteenth century. In the mid-nineteenth century, Methodism exploded to become the largest religious body in the United States and the quintessential form of American religion. This Cambridge Companion offers a general, comprehensive introduction to various forms of American Methodism, including the African-American, German Evangelical Pietist, holiness, and Methodist Episcopal traditions. Written from various disciplinary perspectives, including history, literature, theology, and religious studies, this volume explores the beliefs and practices around which the lives of American Methodist churches have revolved, as well as the many ways in which Methodism has both adapted to and shaped American culture.

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Editorial Reviews

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Advance praise: “Through wise selection of themes, and broad recruitment of contributors, Vickers has produced the best single-volume introduction available to the family of Methodist churches in North America. The volume traces both the growth of the movement transplanted from England and its proliferation into multiple strands – ranging from the earliest distinct African-American churches, through the Holiness-focused churches, and beyond. Highly recommended!” — Randy L. Maddox, Duke Divinity School

“This is a wonderfully useful guide for navigating the broad history of American Methodism. Its strength is its multilayered approach. Together these deeply informed essays connect Methodism to some of the most important developments in American culture and society over the past 250 years.” — John Wigger, author of American Saint and Taking Heaven by Storm

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107401051
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/31/2013
  • Series: Cambridge Companions to Religion Series
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 1,066,887
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Jason E. Vickers is Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of Minding the Good Ground: A Theology for Church Renewal (2011), Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed (2009), Invocation and Assent: The Making and Remaking of Trinitarian Theology (2008) and co-editor (with Randy L. Maddox) of The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (2009). He is also President-elect of the Wesleyan Theological Society.

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Table of Contents

Part I. The Making and Remaking of American Methodism: 1. American Methodism: a theological tradition Jason E. Vickers; 2. Early American Methodism Russell E. Richey; 3. American Methodism in the nineteenth century: expansion and fragmentation Douglas Strong; 4. American Methodism in the twentieth century: reform, redefinition and renewal Wendy J. Deichmann; Part II. The Religious Culture of American Methodism: 5. Revivalism and preaching Michael K. Turner; 6. Sacraments and life cycle rituals Karen B. Westerfield Tucker; 7. Discipline and polity Douglas M. Koskela; 8. Clergy E. Brooks Holifield; 9. Laity Jennifer Woodruff Tait; 10. Asceticism Maura Jane Farrelly; 11. Healing Candy Gunther Brown; 12. Spiritual biography and autobiography Ted C. Campbell; 13. Education Stan Ingersol; Part III. Methodists and American Society: 14. Methodists and race Morris Davis; 15. African American Methodists and the civil rights movement Dennis Dickerson; 16. American Methodist women: roles and contributions Laceye Warner; 17. Methodists and war Andrew Wood; 18. Methodists and popular culture Christopher Anderson.

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