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The Cambridge Companion to American Methodism

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Jason E. Vickers, Russell E. Richey, Douglas Strong, Wendy J. Deichmann, Michael K. Turner, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Douglas M. Koskela, E. Brooks Holifield, Jennifer Woodruff Tait, Maura Jane Farrelly, Candy Gunther Brown, Ted C. Campbell, Stan Ingersol, Morris Davis, Dennis Dickerson, Laceye Warner, Andrew Wood, Christopher Anderson
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  • Date Published: October 2013
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107008342

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  • A product of trans-Atlantic revivalism and awakening, Methodism initially took root in America in the eighteenth century. In the mid-nineteenth century, Methodism exploded to become the largest religious body in the United States and the quintessential form of American religion. This Cambridge Companion offers a general, comprehensive introduction to various forms of American Methodism, including the African-American, German Evangelical Pietist, holiness, and Methodist Episcopal traditions. Written from various disciplinary perspectives, including history, literature, theology, and religious studies, this volume explores the beliefs and practices around which the lives of American Methodist churches have revolved, as well as the many ways in which Methodism has both adapted to and shaped American culture.

    • Explores the full range of churches and traditions that make up American Methodism, including African-American, German Evangelical Pietist, holiness and Methodist Episcopal
    • Examines the ways in which Methodism and American culture have influenced and shaped one another
    • Superb introduction to one of the most dynamic and influential forms of religion in America
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Through wise selection of themes, and broad recruitment of contributors, Vickers has produced the best single-volume introduction available to the family of Methodist churches in North America. The volume traces both the growth of the movement transplanted from England and its proliferation into multiple strands - ranging from the earliest distinct African-American churches, through the Holiness-focused churches, and beyond. Highly recommended!"
    Randy L. Maddox, Duke Divinity School

    "This is a wonderfully useful guide for navigating the broad history of American Methodism. Its strength is its multilayered approach. Together these deeply informed essays connect Methodism to some of the most important developments in American culture and society over the past 250 years."
    John Wigger, author of American Saint and Taking Heaven by Storm

    "… an excellent overall consideration of American Methodism … this is a text that is a rich resource."
    Irish Methodist Newsletter

    "A strength of the volume is the commitment to treat not only the largest and most well-known American Methodist bodies, but to incorporate historical commentary on a multiplicity of Wesleyan/Methodist denominations … Those who have studied American Methodism will find in this book reminders of important institutions, persons, and events as well as fresh insights regarding the topics treated. Others, not well versed in American Methodism's development, will appreciate the clear presentation of its multifaceted development and contribution to American life."
    Charles Yrigoyen, Jr, Wesley and Methodist Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2013
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107008342
    • length: 405 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.8kg
    • contains: 15 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Making and Remaking of American Methodism:
    1. American Methodism: a theological tradition Jason E. Vickers
    2. Early American Methodism Russell E. Richey
    3. American Methodism in the nineteenth century: expansion and fragmentation Douglas Strong
    4. American Methodism in the twentieth century: reform, redefinition and renewal Wendy J. Deichmann
    Part II. The Religious Culture of American Methodism:
    5. Revivalism and preaching Michael K. Turner
    6. Sacraments and life cycle rituals Karen B. Westerfield Tucker
    7. Discipline and polity Douglas M. Koskela
    8. Clergy E. Brooks Holifield
    9. Laity Jennifer Woodruff Tait
    10. Asceticism Maura Jane Farrelly
    11. Healing Candy Gunther Brown
    12. Spiritual biography and autobiography Ted C. Campbell
    13. Education Stan Ingersol
    Part III. Methodists and American Society:
    14. Methodists and race Morris Davis
    15. African American Methodists and the civil rights movement Dennis Dickerson
    16. American Methodist women: roles and contributions Laceye Warner
    17. Methodists and war Andrew Wood
    18. Methodists and popular culture Christopher Anderson.

  • Editor

    Jason E. Vickers, United Theological Seminary, Ohio
    Jason E. Vickers is Associate Professor of Theology and Wesleyan Studies at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. He is the author of Minding the Good Ground: A Theology for Church Renewal (2011), Wesley: A Guide for the Perplexed (2009), Invocation and Assent: The Making and Remaking of Trinitarian Theology (2008) and co-editor (with Randy L. Maddox) of The Cambridge Companion to John Wesley (2009). He is also President-elect of the Wesleyan Theological Society.


    Jason E. Vickers, Russell E. Richey, Douglas Strong, Wendy J. Deichmann, Michael K. Turner, Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Douglas M. Koskela, E. Brooks Holifield, Jennifer Woodruff Tait, Maura Jane Farrelly, Candy Gunther Brown, Ted C. Campbell, Stan Ingersol, Morris Davis, Dennis Dickerson, Laceye Warner, Andrew Wood, Christopher Anderson

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