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The Elect Methodists

Calvinistic Methodism in England and Wales, 1735-1811

This is the first full-length study of Calvinistic Methodism, a movement that emerged in the eighteenth century as an alternative to the better-known Wesleyan branch. While the Wesleyan grouping has received significant historical attention, Calvinistic Methodism, especially in England, has not. This book locates the source of the eighteenth-century Methodist revival in the Protestant evangelical movement that emerged in continental Europe and colonial North America and then charts the history of the Calvinistic branch in both England and Wales.

308 pages | 9 halftones | 5.5 x 8.5 | © 2012

History: British and Irish History

Religion: Christianity

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“This much-needed volume opens up the history of eighteenth-century Calvinistic Methodism as a single narrative embracing both England and Wales. It offers superb treatment of the larger-than-life individuals who made this Calvinistic movement nearly the equal of its Wesleyan counterpart. . . . This is an important history very well told.”

Mark A. Noll, University of Notre Dame

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations

1. ‘A sweet prospect’ for the gospel: the origins of Calvinistic Methodism, 1735–1738
2. ‘A great pouring out of the Spirit’: the forging of a movement, 1739–1740
3. An ‘outward settled agreement’: shaping a structure and a spirituality, 1741–1742
4. From high hopes to ‘miserable divisions’: the consolidation and splintering of Calvinistic Methodism, 1744–1750
5. ‘A leader is wanting’: lean years in Wales, 1750–1762, tentative years in England, 1750–1765
6. ‘I will once more shake the heavens’: a new revival for Wales, 1762–1779
7. ‘You are only going to a few simple souls’: new English Calvinist groupings, at mid-century
8. ‘My Lady’s society’: the birth and growth of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, 1770–1791
9. ‘The Lord’s gift to the north’: the spread of the movement throughout Wales, 1780–1791
10. ‘A smooth and satisfactory order’: towards a new denomination for Wales and decline in England, 1791–1811

Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C

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