The Roots of the Salvation Army

Pamela J. Walker

in Pulling the Devil's Kingdom Down

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2001 | ISBN: 9780520225916
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925854 | DOI:
The Roots of the Salvation Army

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The Booths's commitment to Methodism and their disenchantment with its rules and restrictions shaped the theology and practice of the Christian Mission and the Salvation Army. Their encounter with revivalism and holiness theology influenced how they evangelized. Among the most significant and groundbreaking features of the Salvation Army was the unusual prominence and authority of women. Catherine Booth was the decisive intellectual and practical influence on these unique status Salvationist women. She exemplified a new model of Christian womanhood, articulating a new approach to female ministry and creating an influential career as an evangelist. As well as formulating the Salvation Army's egalitarian policies, she served as an inspiration to thousands of young women who preached under the aegis of the organization. The Salvation Army's history must begin with the religious culture, theological concerns, and individual lives of William and Catherine Booth.

Keywords: Methodism; theology; Christian Mission; Salvation Army; revivalism; Catherine Booth; female ministry; William Booth

Chapter.  14417 words. 

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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