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Anti-Methodism and Theological Controversy in Eighteenth-Century England

The Struggle for True Religion

Anti-Methodism and Theological Controversy in Eighteenth-Century England

The Struggle for True Religion

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Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780192855756
Number of Pages: 224
Published: 28/12/2021
Width: 16 cm
Height: 24 cm
John Wesley and George Whitefield are remembered as founders of Methodism, one of the most influential movements in the history of modern Christianity. Characterized by open-air and itinerant preaching, eighteenth-century Methodism was a divisive phenomenon, which attracted a torrent of printed opposition, especially from Anglican clergymen. Yet, most of these opponents have been virtually forgotten. Anti-Methodism and Theological Controversy in Eighteenth-Century England is the first large-scale examination of the theological ideas of early anti-Methodist authors. By illuminating a very different perspective on Methodism, Simon Lewis provides a fundamental reappraisal of the eighteenth-century Church of England and its doctrinal priorities. For anti-Methodist authors, attacking Wesley and Whitefield was part of a wider defence of 'true religion', which demonstrates the theological vitality of the much-derided Georgian Church. This book, therefore, places Methodism firmly in its contemporary theological context, as part of the Church of England's continuing struggle to define itself theologically.

Simon Lewis (Visiting Research Fellow, Visiting Research Fellow, Trinity College Dublin)

Simon Lewis is a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, Republic of Ireland. He was previously a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London and undertook a two-year Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship at Trinity College Dublin.

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