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Introduction: Methodism and Education before 1859

John T. Smith

in Methodism and Education, 1849–1902

Published in print October 1998 | ISBN: 9780198269649
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683725 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269649.003.0010
Introduction: Methodism and Education before 1859

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If the Methodists were not a people who were inclined to reading, as observed by John Wesley, the work of grace will not persist to see other generations. Wesley's followers, the Wesleyan Methodists, were encouraged to undergo Bible study every day, and the reading of the Scriptures was made sure through weekly class meetings. As they account for about 32 per cent of all Sunday schools in 1834, the Wesleyan Methodists are found to have more Sunday schools compared to other denomination. It is important to note, however, that the provision of this church for day-schools obtained a lot less effort. One of the major reasons for the limited effort toward elementary education involves the lack of finance as their funds were often allocated to erecting new chapels. In this introductory chapter, we see how the Wesleyan Methodists initially dealt with issues of education.

Keywords: John Wesley; Wesleyan Methodists; education; Sunday schools; day-schools; Bible studies; Scriptures

Chapter.  9581 words. 

Subjects: Christianity

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