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Look Inside Heart Religion in the British Enlightenment

Heart Religion in the British Enlightenment
Gender and Emotion in Early Methodism

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  • Date Published: September 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521889186

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  • This is a major study of the daily life and spirituality of early Methodist men and women. Phyllis Mack challenges traditional, negative depictions of early Methodism through an analysis of a vast array of primary sources - prayers, pamphlets, hymns, diaries, recipes, private letters, accounts of dreams, and rules for housekeeping. She examines how ordinary men and women understood the seismic shift from the religious culture of the seventeenth century to the so-called 'disenchantment of the world' that developed out of the Enlightenment. She places particular emphasis on the experience of women, arguing that both their spirituality and their contributions to the movement were different from men's. This revisionist account sheds light on how ordinary people understood their experience of religious conversion, marriage, worship, sexuality, friendship, and the supernatural, and what motivated them to travel the world as missionaries.

    • Challenges traditional depictions of early evangelicalism through its focus on the writings and experiences of women
    • Sheds light on what it was like to live, think, and feel as an early Methodist through a study of contemporary letters, diaries, notebooks and conversion narratives
    • Will appeal to academics in religious history, social and cultural history, gender history and religious studies as well as to Methodist ministers, missionaries and lay members
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "[This book] is a fascinating account of gender difference in Methodism. It is also an important contribution to efforts aimed at bringing genuine religious belief back to the history of the eighteenth century."
    Canadian Journal of History, Jeffrey R. Wigelsworth, Mount Royal University

    "Mack's Heart Religion, whether read singly or in interrogative tandem with her earlier Visionary Women, is a challenging and thought‐provoking book. It prompts the reader to question the very basis upon which the historical interaction of religion, gender, and wider cultural trends can be written as well as offering insightful interpretations of the experience and culture of early Methodism." -American Historical Review

    "In this groundbreaking work by Phyllis Mack....we find a helpful model for Adventist studies." -Michael W. Campbell, Seminary Studies

    "a path-breaking work of meticulous scholarship and shrewd analysis." -Bruce Hindmarsh, Books and Culture

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    • Date Published: September 2008
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521889186
    • length: 342 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The managed heart: educating the emotions in Methodist discourse
    2. 'Out of the paw of the lion': first conversion
    3. Men of feeling: natural and spiritual affection in the lives of the preachers
    4. Women in love: Eros and piety in the minds of Methodist women
    5. Mary Fletcher on the cross: gender and the suffering body
    6. Agency and the unconscious: the Methodist culture of dreaming
    7. Methodism and modernity.

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    Phyllis Mack, Rutgers University, New Jersey

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