The Welsh Methodist Society

The Early Societies in South-west Wales 1737–1750

Eryn M. White

The Welsh Methodist Society

Eryn M. White

Distributed for University of Wales Press

352 pages | 4 halftones, 10 figures | 5 1/4 x 8 1/4
Paper $34.00 ISBN: 9781786835796 Published September 2020 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
The evangelical, or Methodist, revival in the eighteenth century had a major impact on Welsh religion, society, and culture. One of its outcomes was the unprecedented growth of Nonconformity by the nineteenth century, which established a very clear difference between Wales and England in religious terms. Since the Welsh Calvinistic Methodist movement did not split from the Church to form a separate denomination until 1811, it existed in its early years solely as a collection of local society meetings. Focusing on those early societies in southwest Wales, this study examines the grass roots of the Methodist movement, identifying the features that led to its subsequent remarkable success. At the heart of the book lie the experiences of the men and women who were members of the societies, along with explorations of their social and economic background and the factors that attracted them to the Methodist cause.
 
Contents
Introduction
Chapter 1: ‘No part of the Nation more inclin’d to be Religious’?: The Religious Context
Chapter 2: ‘The Young Striplings’: Leaders and Exhorters
Chapter 3: ‘The Lord’s Peculiar Dwelling Place’: The Location of the Societies
Chapter 4: ‘The Great Shepherd’s Little Flock’: The Membership of the Societies
Chapter 5: ‘Iron Sharpens Iron’: The Appeal of the Societies
Chapter 6: ‘The World, the Flesh and the Devil’: Order and Discipline
Chapter 7: ‘This Furnace of Affliction’: Trials and Tribulations
Conclusion
Appendix: List of societies
Bibliography
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