Methodism and Pentecostalism

Donald W. Dayton

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 and Pentecostalism


This article shows that neither Methodism nor Pentecostalism can be fully understood without reference to the other. Historically, they are like ‘Siamese twins’, bound to each other while fighting for their own identities. Free Methodist Howard Snyder has argued in The Divided Flame that the two movements need each other – that purity and power must be rejoined. He may be right; in some places Methodism has lost its ‘power’ and recent scandals in Pentecostalism may reveal a lack of ‘purity’. But whatever one makes of this constructive proposal, the historical connections are clear and ought to be acknowledged on both sides.

Keywords: Methodism; Pentecostalism; evangelical movements; Methodists; Pentecostals

Article.  7992 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Christianity

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