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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 at the Crossroads

Methodism at the Crossroads

(p.180) 9 Methodism at the Crossroads
Charles Wesley and the Struggle for Methodist Identity

Gareth Lloyd (Contributor Webpage)

Oxford University Press

The year 1784 represents a landmark in Methodist history as John Wesley established the Conference as his successor and ordained preachers for the United States. These events, which established de facto Methodist institutional independence from the Church of England, were foreshadowed by developments during the 1770s and early 1780s as separatists and Church‐Methodists agitated in support of conflicting visions of the Methodist future. These conflicts and the events of 1784 illustrate several important but understated themes of early Methodist history, such as the political nature of the Wesley brothers, the strong support for the Church of England within the ranks of laity and preachers, and how 19th century Methodist scholarship sanitized and distorted the movement's early history.

Keywords:   Thomas Coke, Methodist Conference, Ordinations, United States, Mark Davis, Henry Durbin, William Pine, City Road Chapel, John Pawson, John Whitehead, Deed of Declaration

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