Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity

Hardcover | May 12, 2007

byGareth Lloyd

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An important new study of the life and ministry of the Anglican minister and Evangelical leader Charles Wesley (1707-88) which examines the often-neglected contribution made by John Wesley's younger brother to the early history of the Methodist movement. Charles Wesley's importance as theauthor of classic hymns like `Love Divine' and `O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing' is well known, but his wider contribution to Methodism, the Church of England and the Evangelical Revival has been overlooked. Gareth Lloyd presents a new appraisal of Charles Wesley based on his own papers and thoseof his friends and enemies. The picture of the Revival that results from a fresh examination of one of Methodism's most significant leaders offers a new perspective on the formative years of a denomination that today has an estimated 80 million members worldwide.

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An important new study of the life and ministry of the Anglican minister and Evangelical leader Charles Wesley (1707-88) which examines the often-neglected contribution made by John Wesley's younger brother to the early history of the Methodist movement. Charles Wesley's importance as theauthor of classic hymns like `Love Divine' and `...

Gareth Lloyd is Methodist Church Archivist, John Rylands University Library, Manchester.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.79 inPublished:May 12, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199295743

ISBN - 13:9780199295746

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Table of Contents

1. The Epworth experience2. Brothers in arms: the early relationship and shared ministry of John and Charles Wesley3. Co-operation, conflict, and controversy during the early years of the Revival4. Charles Wesley the paradoxical Anglican5. Engagements and marriages6. Methodism in the early 1750s7. Continuing family quarrels and the Methodist opinion of Charles Wesley8. A new phase of Charles Wesley's ministry9. Methodism at the crossroads10. Charles Wesley: his final years and legacy11. Concluding remarks