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An Appalachian Revivalist in Queen Victoria's Colonies

Jay Riley Case

in An Unpredictable Gospel

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772322
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199932528 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772322.003.0005
An Appalachian Revivalist in Queen Victoria's Colonies

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Thanks to the evangelistic cooperation between an African named Charles Pamla and an American evangelist named William Taylor, a revival in South Africa in 1866 persuaded British missionaries to implement black African ordination, temporarily challenging the conceptions of race and civilization emerging in the colony. The revival also redirected Taylor from itinerant evangelism into the missionary movement, where he would emerge as the most popular American Methodist missionary of the late nineteenth century. African Christianity helped convince Taylor that he could apply his antiformalist Methodism to non-Anglo peoples. Although he would never again enjoy the degree of evangelistic success that he saw in South Africa, Taylor's worldwide efforts to build popular Methodism after 1866 sparked significant antiformalist impulses within American evangelicalism.

Keywords: South Africa; evangelicalism; missionary; Charles Pamla; William Taylor; Methodist; antiformalist; ordination; race; civilization

Chapter.  11902 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: History of Christianity

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