With the decision to provide of a scholarly edition of the Works of John Wesley in the 1950s, Methodist Studies emerged as a fresh academic venture. Building on the foundation laid by Frank Baker, Albert Outler, and other pioneers of the discipline, this handbook provides an overview of the best current scholarship in the field. The forty-two included essays are representative of the voices of a new generation of international scholars, summarising and expanding on topical research, and considering where their work may lead Methodist Studies in the future.
Thematically ordered, the handbook provides new insights into the founders, history, structures, and theology of Methodism, and into ongoing developments in the practice and experience of the contemporary movement. Key themes explored include worship forms, mission, ecumenism, and engagement with contemporary ethical and political debate.
Preface, William J. Abraham and James E. Kirby I: History of Methodism 1. The Eighteenth Century Context, Richard Heitzenrater 2. Founding Brothers, John and Charles Wesley, John H. Wigger 3. Francis Asbury and American Methodism, John H. Wigger 4. The People Called Methodists, Transitions In Britain and North America, David Hempton 5. Methodism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Century, Manfred Marquardt 6. Evangelical United Brethren Church, J. Steven O'Malley 7. African-American Methodism, Will Gravely 8. Methodism in Latin America, Pablo R. Andinach 9. British Methodism and Evangelicalism, Martin Wellings 10. Methodism and Pentecostalism, Donald Dayton 11. Methodism in World Christianity, Lamin Sanneh II: Ecclesia Forms and Structures 12. Christian Conferencing and Connectionalism, Russell Richey 13. Episcopacy, Scriptural and Apostolic, James E. Kirby 14. Discipline, Thomas Edward Frank 15. Ministry and Itinerancy, Dennis Campbell 16. Means of Grace and Forms of Piety, Ted Campbell III: Worship, Sacraments, Liturgy, Hymnody, Music, Preaching 17. Mainstream Liturgical Developments, Karen Westerfield Tucker 18. Liturgical Revolutions, Lester Ruth 19. Music and Hymnody, Swee Hong Lim 20. Sacraments, Geoffrey Wainwright 21. Preaching, Gennifer Benjamin Brooks IV:Spiritual Experiences, Evangelism, Mission, Ecumenism 22. Experience of God, Tom Albin 23. The Quest for Holiness, Elaine Heath 24. The Journey in Evangelism, Philip Meadows 25. Traditions and Transitions in Mission, Dana Robert, Douglas D. Tzan 26. Methodism and the Future of Ecumenism, David M. Chapman 27. Methodism and the Challenge of Orthodoxy in Russia, Sergei Nikolaev V: Theology 28. Scripture and Revelation, Sarah Heaner Lancaster 29. Trinity, Elmer M. Colyer 30. Original Sin, Barry Bryant 31. Grace, Marjorie Suchocki 32. Christology, Jason Vickers 33. Pneumatology, D. Lyle Dabney 34. Christian Perfection, the Grand Depositum, William J. Abraham 35. Assurance, Kenneth J. Collins 36. Predestination, Jerry L. Walls VI: Ethics and Politics 37. Theological Ethics, Stanley Hauerwas and Steven Long 38. Moral Theology, Robin Lovin 39. Methodism and Feminism, Jane Craske 40. Methodism and Race, Harold Recinos 41. Methodism and Politics in Africa, Simeon Ilesanmi 42. Methodism and Culture, David Bebbington