This is an invaluable handbook on Methodism containing an introduction, dictionary of key terms, and concentrates on key themes, methodology and research problems for those interested in studying the origins and development of the history and theology of world Methodism.
The literature describing the history and development of Methodism has been growing as scholars and general readers have become aware of its importance as a world church with approximately 40 million members in 300 Methodist denominations in 140 nations. The tercentenary celebrations of the births of its founders, John and Charles Wesley, in 2003 and 2007 provided an additional focus on the evolution of the movement which became a church.
This book researches questions, problems, and resources for further study.
Charles Yrigoyen, Jr., is General Secretary emeritus of the General Commission on Archives and History, the United Methodist Church, USA. He is Director of United Methodist Studies at Evangelical Theological Seminary and Lancaster Theological Seminary, USA. He has been editor of Methodist History and Historical Dicrionary of Methodism, and is author of books on John and Charles Wesley and Methodis theology.
Preface Abbreviations Part I 1. John and Charles Wesley: Life, Ministry, and Legacy - Richard P. Heitzenrater 2. Theology of the Wesleys - Randy L. Maddox 3. Hymnody of Charles Wesley - S T Kimbrough, Jr 4. Authority and the 'Wesleyan Quadrilateral' - Ted A. Campbell 5. Methodism in the UK and Ireland - Martin Wellings 6. Methodism in North America - Russell E. Richey 7. Methodist Mission/Missiology - Norman E. Thomas 8. Methodism in Africa - John Wesley Z. Kurewa 9. Methodism in Asia and the Pacific - Luther J. Oconer 10. Methodism in Northern and Continental Europe - Ulrike Schuler 11. Methodism in Russia and the Baltics: Old and New Beginnings - Rudiger R. Minor 12. Methodism in Latin America and the Carribean - Paulo Ayres Mattos 13. Evangelism in the Methodist Tradition - Paul Wesley Chilcote 14. Methodist Worship - Karen B. Westerfield Tucker 15. Methodism and the Sacraments - Laurence Hull Stookey 16. Spirituality in the Methodist Tradition - Thomas R. Albin 17. Social Ethics in the Methodist Tradition - Manfred Marquardt 18. Methodism's Polity: History and Contemporary Questions - Thomas Edward Frank 19. Methodism and the Ecumenical Movement - Geoffrey Wainwright 20. Methodism and Its Images - Peter Forsaith 21. Methodist Printed and Archival Research Collections: A Survey of Materials in UK/USA Repositories - Gareth Lloyd Part II Methodism A to Z - John G. McEllhenney and Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. Part III Bibliography - Susan E. Warrick Contributors Notes Index