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John Wesley in AmericaRestoring Primitive Christianity$
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Geordan Hammond

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198701606

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701606.001.0001

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Creating Primitive Christianity Anew

Creating Primitive Christianity Anew

Wesley’s Ministry in Georgia

(p.108) 4 Creating Primitive Christianity Anew
John Wesley in America

Geordan Hammond

Oxford University Press

The centrality of Wesley’s vision for restoring primitive Christianity is most clearly seen in the manner he conducted his ministry in Georgia. The application of his view of primitive Christianity in his clerical practice in the colony is the focus of chapter 4. His endeavours to imitate the practices of Christ and the early church manifested themselves variously through interest in prayer book revision, precise sacramental observance, confession, penance, ascetical discipline, deaconesses, religious societies, and missions to the Indians. Not surprisingly, Wesley’s implementation of practices encouraged by the Usager Nonjurors was met with varying degrees of approval and opposition. By the end of his time in Georgia, his confidence in the early church councils and canons was diminished, but his pursuance of the form and spirit of the primitive church was maintained.

Keywords:   primitive Christianity, Nonjuror(s)/Usager Nonjuror(s), prayer book revision, sacraments/sacramental, confession, penance, ascetical discipline, deaconesses, religious societies, Indians

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