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'Introduction: Methodism in the Southern World'

O'Brien, Glen and Carey, Hilary (2015) 'Introduction: Methodism in the Southern World'. In: Methodism in Australia: A History. Ashgate, Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VA, pp. 1-22,. ISBN 978-1472429483

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Abstract

Methodism originated as a religious renewal movement within the Church of England which had its roots in the Evangelical revival and was promulgated through the preaching and teaching of John Wesley (1703-1791) and his brother Charles in the United Kingdom and George Whitefield (1714-1770) in the Americas. It is now a global force in world Christianity with, as Russel Richey notes in his foreword to this volume, an estimated 100 million followers throughout the world. In Australia, the Methodist inheritance is most significant in the Uniting Church which is the third largest denomination in Australia. Methodism in Australia has played a major role in all areas of public life but has been particularly significant for its influence on education, social welfare, missions to Aboriginal people and the Pacific Islands and the role of women. Significant Methodists in Australia came from all walks of life and include household names, women and men, and people of all classes and stations in life. They range from the convict lay preacher Edward Eager, Aboriginal Protector George Augustus Robinson (1791-1866), missionary George Brown (1835-1917), historian James Colwell (1860-1930), writer and educator W.H. Fitchett (1841-1928), theologian Edward H. Sugden (1854-1935), trade unionist William Guthrie Spence (1846-1926), public evangelist Alan Walker (1911-2003), the 'conscience of the nation', and politicians and political leaders including Prime Ministers Joseph Cook (1860-1947), and, more recently, John Howard. Women played a particularly prominent part in all stages of the Methodist movement in Australia, initially as partners of Methodist clergy and missionaries but also preachers such as the suffragist Serena Thorne Lake (1842-1902), along with Methodist sisterhoods and deaconesses. These are bald claims for the significance of Methodism which will be fleshed out in subsequent chapters of this book.

Item Type: Book Chapters
Repository Version: Metadata Only
Keywords (separated by commas): History of Methodism, History of Australian Methodism, Australian religious history
Fields of Research: 22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2204 Religion and Religious Studies > 220401 Christian Studies (incl. Biblical Studies and Church History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9504 Religion and Ethics > 950406 Religious Traditions (excl. Structures and Rituals)
Type of Activity: Pure Basic Research
Subject Area(s): C - Church History
Association with University of Divinity: SABC: Salvation Army Booth College
Depositing User: Rev Associate Professor Glen O'Brien
Date Deposited: 11 May 2016 13:00
Last Modified: 11 May 2016 13:00
URI: http://repository.divinity.edu.au/id/eprint/1954

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