A Crown and a Cross: The Rise, Development, and Decline of by Andrew Goodhead

By Andrew Goodhead

This ebook severely stories the origins, improvement, and decline of the category assembly. starting with an outline of the non secular and societal milieu from the 16th century, and interpreting the history of John and Charles Wesley, the inheritance John Wesley took from the earlier is studied. the increase of the Anglican Unitary Societies is taken into account and Wesley's lively paintings inside of these societies drawn out. the arriving of the Moravians in London in 1738 to shape a gaggle for Germans resident in London stimulated some of the Anglican society contributors, now not least the Wesley brothers. those impacts also are thought of prior to the Methodist circulation, and especially the category assembly are thought of in detail.

This publication is exclusive in its drawing jointly the way of non secular organization skilled within the Evangelical Revival and goals to teach how Methodism was once a fusion of pre-existing rules, shaped right into a new operating version of non secular organization. Paramount to the luck of the early Methodist was once the category assembly. This booklet attracts on testimony, diary, and magazine documents to supply first-hand money owed of people's lives being replaced via attendance on the type assembly and its making attainable progress in grace and holiness. within the early interval of Methodism the category assembly was once the crown to Methodist id. An research of the first goals of this assembly, which gave the Methodist humans their particular features, is by way of a examine of the social identification and crew procedures that happened whilst potential contributors thought of becoming a member of the Methodists.

The decline of the category assembly to 1791 types the concluding chapters, and, utilizing 3 vintage sociological models-Weber (routinisation), Durkheim (totemism), and Troeltsch (primary/secondary religion)-as subject matters, the explanations why the category turned a move are tested. magazine, diary, and testimonial fabric help the Methodists' declining curiosity within the type that resulted in its irrelevance for a humans looking respectability instead of an instantaneous come across with God.

Andrew Goodhead is a British Methodist Minister. he's almost immediately non secular Care Lead at St Christopher's Hospice, Sydenham, London. He has served as a Circuit Minister and Superintendent Minister in Circuits in England and Scotland.

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