Methodism: Empire of the Spirit

Paperback | September 19, 2006

byDavid Hempton

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This lively history of the rise of Methodism charts the development of the movement from its unpromising origins in England in the 1730s to its major international importance by the 1880s. The book explores Methodism’s phenomenal growth in the British Isles, America, and around the globe, and the complex reasons for its wide-ranging appeal.
"This is an extraordinary book. It is jammed full of scintillating interpretations; it is beautifully written; and it conveys tremendous insight in a short compass. It will be recognized immediately as the classic work on the rise of Methodism."— Mark Noll, Wheaton College
"Clear, concise, original and formidably learned."—Eugen Weber, The Key Reporter
"Brilliantly provocative. . . . [A] masterful account."—Grant Wacker, Christian Century

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This lively history of the rise of Methodism charts the development of the movement from its unpromising origins in England in the 1730s to its major international importance by the 1880s. The book explores Methodism’s phenomenal growth in the British Isles, America, and around the globe, and the complex reasons for its wide-ranging ap...

David Hempton is University Professor at Boston University, where he directs the university’s program in the History of Christianity.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.68 inPublished:September 19, 2006Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

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"David Hempton's "An Empire of the Spirit is "a tremendous achievement in bringing to fruition a global perspective on the history of Methodism-a massive religious movement that no other historian knows as well or has explored with such discerning vision. The heart mattered to Wesleyans everywhere, and that heart, Hempton makes clear, was as torn as it was warm. With his transnational scope, Hempton reveals the inner tensions of the people called Methodists, their antinomian feelings and self-improving disciplines, their populist gusto and bourgeois restraint, their inwardness and expansionism. This is an important book on an important movement."-Leigh E. Schmidt, Princeton University