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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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Methodism in the Early 1750s

Methodism in the Early 1750s

(p.110) 6 Methodism in the Early 1750s
Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity

Gareth Lloyd (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

By 1749 Methodism had put down firm roots in communities across the British Isles. The movement's size and the increasing sophistication of its structure and worship life imposed a distance with the parent Church of England and this was worsened by the hostility of many Anglicans. Some Methodist preachers started to react against the Church and also against the discipline imposed by the Wesley brothers. The rising tension boiled over in 1754 when preachers in London and Reading administered the Sacraments contrary to Anglican practice. The resulting crisis was worsened by Charles Wesley's suspicion that his brother was sympathetic to the separatists. John eventually decided against separation from the Church of England, but his brother's fears for the future were not eased, establishing a pattern for the future of his relationship with John Wesley and the Methodist movement.

Keywords:   preachers, Sacraments, Anglican–Methodist separation, James Wheatley, William Grimshaw, Charles Perronet, Methodist Conference, William Darney, Methodist discipline, Thomas Walsh

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