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Methodism: Empire of the Spirit [Hardcover]

By David Hempton (Author)
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Pages   304
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.58" Width: 6.6" Height: 0.89"
Weight:   1.23 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 11, 2005
Publisher   Yale University Press
ISBN  0300106149  
EAN  9780300106145  

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The emergence of Methodism was arguably the most significant transformation of Protestant Christianity since the Reformation. This book explores the rise of Methodism from its unpromising origins as a religious society within the Church of England in the 1730s to a major international religious movement by the 1880s. During that period Methodism refashioned the old denominational order in the British Isles, became the largest religious denomination in the United States, and gave rise to the most dynamic world missionary movement of the nineteenth century. By the end of the nineteenth century, Methodism had circled the globe and was poised to become one of the fastest-growing religious traditions in the modern world.

David Hempton, a preeminent authority on the history of Methodism, digs beneath the hard surface of institutional expansion to get to the heart of the movement as a dynamic and living faith tradition. Methodism was a movement of discipline and sobriety, but also of ecstasy and enthusiasm. A noisy, restless, and emotional tradition, Methodism fundamentally reshaped British and American culture in the age of industrialization, democratization, and the rise of empire.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Formerly Professor of the History of Christianity at Boston University, David Hempton was in 2007 appointed Alonzo L McDonald Family Professor of Evangelical Theological Studies at Harvard University. A Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a former winner of the Society's Whitfield Prize, his books include Religion and Political Culture in Britain and Ireland (1996), Methodism: Empire of the Spirit (2005) and Evangelical Disenchantment (2008).

David Hempton has an academic affiliation as follows - Boston University University of Harvard, USA University of Harvard, US.

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Methodism  Jul 29, 2005
David Hempton's Methodism: Empire of the Spirit is a lively, big-picture history of the rise and decline of Methodism. I didn't think it was a history of the Methodist church, but rather the movement itself. The book really does not talk much to what attracted people to the basics of Wesley's philosophy but it does offer solid insight into how the movement spread across the globe.

The book might have been better served had it devoted some time to explaining Wesley's early efforts in Bristol and other industrialized cities. It might also have spent time explaining the sense of community with the lower class people it so attracted. Also missing is what attracted people in America to the faith. Was it the message? Was it the organization? There had to be something that gave meteoric rise to the faith.

But enough of what the book didn't contain. It tells the story of many important people who gave the faith its meaning and brought multitudes to the meetings. The appeal to women, blacks, the dispossessed, all owes a debt to people like Francis Asbury, William Taylor, or the unsung itinerant preachers on horseback. The faith traveled with soldiers of the British Empire to India, Austalia, Africa, and made inroads in Korea and to a degree in Latin America. All of this was possible through religious zeal. Other works have explored the growth of Methodism among American slaves (Eugene Genovesee's Roll, Jordan, Roll is a strong example), but Mr. Hempton takes the argument full circle. Not only does he describe the growth, but also the decline. A web page cites Methodism as having 14 million members in the United States, so decline does not necessarily mean extinction.

The book is paced well enough that it should hold the readers attention. It tends to drag at times, but it is not overly long in the first place. It has some good statistics in the Appendix for any who enjoy such data. Methodist scholars and pastors will find many interesting tidbits in this book for sermons or other educational discussions.
Scriptural Holiness  Apr 27, 2005
This is a fine and fascinating book about a movement that changed the world. I rarely enjoy church history, but this is a well-written study, filled with anecdotes. It is a sociological and historical account; not reductionist, but not delving into spiritual maatters so much as how doctrine and practice led to the spread of the church.

I am surprised at how much I like this book: anyone interested in Methodism or early American religion will find this book to be both fun and informatiave.

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