The Founding Brothers

Richard P. Heitzenrater

in The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199696116
Published online January 2010 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

The Founding Brothers


Interpretations of early Wesleyan Methodism have varied over the last two centuries. This article attempts to dispel the myths with information gleaned from the most-recent research and create a picture that makes sense both internally and in its eighteenth-century context. A number of factors shaped the Methodist movement, including the attempts by John and Charles Wesley to renew the Church of England to be a more vital means of promoting holy living in society. Although the brothers shared many goals, their methods and emphases often brought them into conflict – sometimes in public, but more often behind the scenes. The role and influence of these two brothers, and their continuing relationship with each other and to the Methodist movement, however, have resulted in a variety of differing interpretations.

Keywords: Methodism; Methodist movement; John Wesley; Charles Wesley

Article.  9235 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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