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Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity$
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Gareth Lloyd

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199295746

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199295746.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

(p.234) Concluding Remarks
Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity

Gareth Lloyd (Contributor Webpage)

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Charles Wesley's reputation has been affected by his sometimes difficult personality and the controversial views that he championed, which has resulted in comparative neglect of his life and ministry. A strong case can, however, be presented for Charles having made a more positive contribution to the long‐term success and character of Methodism than is commonly acknowledged. His championship of a considerable body of pro‐Anglican opinion within the movement helped to stave off separation until the movement was in a position to flourish independently of the Church of England and also contributed to the unique character of the Methodist Church. Detailed study of Charles Wesley's life and ministry underlines the case for a new examination of aspects of Methodist history, complementary to but separate from the traditional focus on John Wesley.

Keywords:   John Valton, Arminian Magazine, John Hampson, Sacraments, ordinations, Methodist membership, John Fletcher (1729–85)

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