Methodism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

Manfred Marquardt

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

Methodism in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries


The two centuries following the death of John Wesley saw spread, splits, and reunions of the Methodist movement, and its development from a tiny group of devoted believers into a family of Christian churches all over the inhabited world. They were a time both of Methodist promulgation within and beyond the Anglo-American world and also of great challenges from within and without. They saw Methodists striving to guard what had been entrusted to them as well as following Christ's lead to new places. This article will not give a comprehensive survey of two centuries of worldwide Methodist history; it is rather an attempt to identify different strands and to sketch major developments.

Keywords: Methodist movement; Methodist history; Christianity

Article.  7870 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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