By Andrew Goodhead
This publication is exclusive in its drawing jointly the style of spiritual organization skilled within the Evangelical Revival and goals to teach how Methodism was once a fusion of pre-existing principles, 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 files to supply first-hand money owed of people's lives being replaced via attendance on the classification assembly and its making attainable development in grace and holiness. within the early interval of Methodism the category assembly used to be the crown to Methodist id. An research of the first goals of this assembly, which gave the Methodist humans their special features, is via a learn of the social id and staff tactics that happened while potential individuals thought of becoming a member of the Methodists.
The decline of the category assembly to 1791 varieties the concluding chapters, and, utilizing 3 vintage sociological models-Weber (routinisation), Durkheim (totemism), and Troeltsch (primary/secondary religion)-as issues, the explanations why the category turned a move are tested. magazine, diary, and testimonial fabric aid the Methodists' declining curiosity within the category that ended in its irrelevance for a humans looking respectability instead of a right away stumble upon 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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A Crown and a Cross: The Rise, Development, and Decline of the Methodist Class Meeting in Eighteenth-Century England by Andrew Goodhead