British Methodism and Evangelicalism

Martin Wellings

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

 British Methodism and Evangelicalism

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This article traces the relationship over time between British Methodism and evangelicalism. British Methodism was born in the evangelical revival, and it contributed significantly to the shaping and success of the phenomenon of evangelicalism. Although always occupying a particular place within the evangelical family as an Arminian holiness movement and an often self-sufficient denomination, Methodist history for more than two centuries marched in step with the interaction of a wider evangelicalism with developments in British thought, society, and sensibility. In the first half of the twentieth century many Methodists accompanied their fellow evangelicals into an accommodation with ‘modern thought’. The erosion of liberal evangelicalism from the 1960s cut liberal Methodists loose from their evangelical origins, while the conservative evangelical revival drew its chief inspiration from sources other than the Wesleyan/Methodist tradition.

Keywords: evangelical history; Methodist movement; evangelical revival

Article.  7339 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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