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<i>The Early Methodist Journalists: George</i> <i>The Early Methodist Journalists: George</i> <i>Whitefield and John Wesley</i>

D. Bruce Hindmarsh

in The Evangelical Conversion Narrative

Published in print March 2005 | ISBN: 9780199245758
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191602436 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199245754.003.0004
 The Early Methodist Journalists: George   The Early Methodist Journalists: George   Whitefield and John Wesley

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The wide range of autobiographical records of the early Methodist leaders, published and unpublished, constitutes one of the most significant literary traces of the Evangelical Revival. In the course of these personal writings, which were typically set down for purposes other than confessional autobiography, the familiar Puritan–Pietist genre of conversion narrative resurfaced. The most influential figures in the 1730s and 1740s were arguably George Whitefield and John Wesley, but here we encounter the enormous importance of the journal form in the early years of the revival. The conversion narratives of Whitefield and Wesley did not appear in print as stand-alone spiritual autobiographies, but rather as set pieces (such as Wesley’s record of his Aldersgate experience) within the serial publication of their journals. These journals were enormously important for directing the course of the revival and stirring up similar experiences on the part of others.

Keywords: Aldersgate; conversion; George Whitefield; John Wesley; journal; leaders; Methodist

Chapter.  20722 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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