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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Abingdon Press; Revised edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426727011
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426727016
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #213,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Ted A. Campbell is Associate Professor of Church History at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, and has authored the following books for Abingdon Press: Methodist Doctrine, Wesley and the Quadrilateral, Wesleyan Essential in a Multicultural Society, John Wesley and Christian Antiquity, and The Religion of the Heart.

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Ted A. Campbell was born in Beaumont, Texas, in 1953. He was educated at Lon Morris College, the University of North Texas, Oxford University, and Southern Methodist University. He has served as pastor of United Methodist congregations, and has taught at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, Duke Divinity School, Wesley Theological Seminary. He served as president of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary from 2001 through 2005, and now serves as Associate Professor of Church History at Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

He is a charter member of the International Society Opposed to Dangling and Otherwise Distracting Microphones in Worship Sanctuaries (ISoDoDMiWS).

Ted Campbell and his wife, Dale Marie Campbell, reside in Dallas, Texas.

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This book we used in a study group.
quietlibrarian
This book has very good information, written in a way that is very easy to comprehend, about Methodism.
The Other Bruce
Methodist Doctrine - the Essentials, is a good addition to my library of United Methodist books.
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69 of 70 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 2000
Format: Paperback
I am taking a very important step in my adult life, that is becoming a member of a methodist church. I approached my pastor regarding my interest and this was the book she refered me to. I was to develop questions for her after reading this, but I have found that most of my questions have been answered by the book. Those questions were about communion, baptism,and what would be expected of me partaking of this faith. The book also reveals those parts of the methodist churches (historic traditions),as seen through the eyes of John Wesley the founder of the methodist movement. The margins of the book are set up so that refering back to a specific article is quick and easy. The glossary and index were also very convienient and helpful for understanding some unfamilar terms.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful By P. M Simon on January 23, 2004
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It would do this fine little volume an injustice to call it "The Book of Discipline Lite" but it does do a fine job of summarizing the big volume without forcing the uninterested party to plow through material about the United Methodist Church's administrative structure and procedures.

Don't expect a profound philisophical discourse on the similarities between Wesley's concept of "sanctification" and the Eastern Orthodox concept of "Theosis" in this book. But DO expect a nice, clean, concise history of the Methodist denomination, a good explanation of its eccumenicalism, a summary of Wesley's values, and all the promised essentials about what role communion, baptism, and clerical orders play in the modern UMC. The end of the book has a tidy summation of Wesley's "rules" and the general principles of the UMC.

For anyone thinking of joining a Methodist church, seeking information about Methodism, and for those Methodists who want a good, concise reference and explanation, this is THE book. Go hit that "add to my shopping cart" button if you fall into one of these categories!
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 31, 2001
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This is a well organized and factually based book on the Methodist doctrine. Being a Methodist for more than 35 years, I have never had a clear idea as to what Methodists really believe. This book has cleared up many misconceptions that I have had over the years and is strengthening my faith in the UMC. A good resource for both students and laypersons!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Grayson on February 14, 2004
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Excellent, clear, well-written, comprehensive ... I've run out of adjectives attempting to describe this book. If you're looking for an excellent foundational book on Methodist Doctrine and Theology, go no further than Dr. Ted Campbell's fantastic book, "Methodist Doctrine." I've read a lot of books on the theological standards of the United Methodist Church, but this one really goes a long way toward answering almost any question in a way that is accessable to both pastor and lay person. Buy this book!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By K. Rieder on July 19, 2005
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Campbell's discussion of Methodist Doctrine is clear and well presented. He uses non-theological language to teach what could be complicated points. He gives references to support his statements. These could easily used for further reading. This is a good introduction which would make further study much easier.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Other Bruce on November 18, 2008
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I just completed a course in the Course of Study (COS). The COS is required seminary education for people like me who become pastors as a second career or those who do not have an MDiv degree. This book was one of three used for the class, Pastor as Interpreter of Wesleyan Theology. This book has very good information, written in a way that is very easy to comprehend, about Methodism. I believe if read along with Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way by Kenneth L. Carder, also very easy to read, one would know almost everything about the doctrine of today's United Methodist Church.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Brown on September 30, 2003
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This book is small and isn't one inch thick! It is concise yet thorough. It is easy to read and has excellent explanations on Methodist doctrine. Highly Recommended!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By quietlibrarian on July 8, 2013
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This book we used in a study group. This really spells out the belief of a Methodist. I learned that Methodist according to the Doctrine only acknowledges to sacraments, not that we don't marry people or believe in confession, they are just not considered sacraments. If your wondering what you believe or what a Methodist is be sure to buy this book. It sure explained many things to me and I feel more comfortable about what I believe.
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