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Wesley and the People Called Methodists Paperback – June 1, 1995
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Heitzenrater is the Albert C. Outler Chair of Wesleyan Studies at Duke Divinity School. He is widely recognized as the foremost expert on Wesley's life. He is also the current editor of the Works of Wesley; he has taken that role since Outler's death.
The strongest criticism of this book is that it defies its own title -- there are no PEOPLE called Methodists in this book. For one of the most profound and popular religious movements since the Reformation, it is amazing that Heitzenrater has neglected to include a portrayal of the people themselves. Who were these people? I am not talking about Wesley's aids here. I am talking about the common folk who made up the lion's share of the movement. There is no mention in this book of women's spirituality (in a movement made up of approximately 60 percent women!). There is no discussion of the social factors surrounding the rise of Methodism. So much of the story is missed.
Nevertheless! This is an excellent introduction to the topic of Wesley and Methodism...it is only that it could have been so much more.
This is an excellent book for those seeking to gain a greater and more informed understanding of the sometimes difficult relationship betwen Wesley and the early Methodists - they were not always on the friendliest of terms.
A book highly reccomened for those wishing and willing to read a heavy but non-the-less readable book.
Congraulations to Richard Heitzenrater.
Heitzenrater provides a multitude of black and white pictures, maps, graphs, and charts to make his careful and convincing points. Beginning his narrative just prior to John Wesley's birth, the author moves to the high points of Wesley's life. We hear about his Oxford University days, his failed mission to Georgia, his Aldersgate conversion experience, the origins of Wesley's field preaching, the organization of the Methodist societies in London and across England, Wesley's concern for the souls and bodies of his people, the establishment of Methodism's first health clinic and school, Wesley's opinion about the ordinations of 1784, recruiting Methodist ministers, and much more. This book offers much to the reader.
The book also documents 18th century English living conditions, mortality rates, population wide ignorance, the English fear of a Franco-type revolution, Anglican unconcern for mass poverty and disease, and royal ignorance, pomp, and avarice. (Wesley remained loyal to his English king to the very end.) Heitzenrater presents the founder of Methodism from Wesley's own hand (he reviews many primary source documents penned by Mr. Wesley). From many of his sermons we learn Wesley's theologies of justification, sanctification and glorification. We are taught that, by the end, the senior English churchman rode over 100,000 miles on horseback through his long career.Read more ›
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I bought this book for my niece and she has enjoyed reading it.Published 12 months ago by Warren Mauterer
I follow Wesley & his methods, and they wirk extremely well in Ivory Coast, of West Africa! I recommend this book to all who love the ministry and teachings of Rev. John Wesley!!!Published 20 months ago by Clarence Skelton
I have not finished the book but will learn how the Methodist religion was founded by John Wesley in England.Published on January 16, 2014 by Rod Bassing
This purchase was made for my course of study and it meets my expectation in regard to the condition that it is in.Published on January 7, 2014 by Tim
This book was amazing. I was able to read this book like a novel and it told me so much about the UMC that I am glad to be called a Methodist!Published on August 14, 2013 by Kayla Mangrich
This is a graduate level book. I am taking graduate level course. I purchased this book at an excellent price. The book arrived timely and in excellent condition. Read morePublished on February 26, 2013 by Music Man