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Old or New School Methodism?: The Fragmentation of a Theological Tradition

Kevin M. Watson


This book argues that an initial moment of fragmentation occurred in American Methodism in the 1850s and 1860s. While a commitment to entire sanctification had been a core unifying doctrine within the broad American Methodist family up until the 1850s, the expulsion of Benjamin Titus (B.T.) Roberts from the Methodist Episcopal Church (MEC) and the subsequent formation of the Free Methodist Church (FMC) represent an initial fragmentation of what had been a coherent theological tradition. This detailed account of a crucial moment in American Methodist theology focuses on the ministries and theol ... More

Keywords: Methodism, American Methodism, B.T. Roberts, Matthew Simpson, theological transition, Methodist Episcopal Church, Free Methodist Church, holiness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190844516
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190844516.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kevin M. Watson, author
Assistant Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, Emory University

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