An Introduction to World Methodism

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Cambridge University Press, May 5, 2005 - Religion - 283 pages
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With over 75 million currently practicing Methodists worldwide, this book treats Methodism as a global religious tradition, examining its rich diversity as well as the core beliefs and attitudes that all Methodists share. It serves as an introduction to the patterns of Methodist life, demonstrating how the religion has developed from British and American roots in different cultural contexts. In addition to the lasting traditions of John and Charles Wesley, An Introduction to Methodism reflects the on-going contribution of Methodism to the ecumenical movement and inter-religious relations. Its analysis includes abundant resources encouraging further study. Kenneth Cracknell is Professor of Theology and Global Studies at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. He has been a theological teacher in Nigeria, a Methodist pastor in Britain, and Director of Interfaith Relations for the British Council of Churches. He has also been a consultant to the World Council of Churches on interfaith issues since 1979 and has visited churches in all parts of the world. He is the author of Toward a New Relationship: Christians and People of Other Faith (Epworth Press, 1986) and Justice, Courtesy and Love: Theologians and Missionaries Encountering Other Religions 1846-1914 (Epworth, 1995). Susan J. White is Alberta H. and Harold L. Lunger Professor of Spiritual Resources and Disciplines at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. She has been a member of the Church of England Liturgical Commission, and the Joint Liturgical Group of Great Britain and Ireland, and consultant for liturgical revision to the Methodist Faith and Order Committee and the Office of Worship of the Board of Discipleship of the United Methodist Church. She is the author of Groundwork of Christian Worship (Epworth, 1997) The Spirit of Worship: The Liturgical Tradition (Orbis Books, 2000) and A History of Women in Christian Worship (Pilgrim Press, 2003)

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The beginning of world Methodism ohn Wesley and his movement
The British Methodist tradition after John Wesley
Methodism in North America
World Methodism at the beginning of the twentyfirst century
Methodist theology
The common life of Methodism
Methodist spirituality
Methodist worship
Methodist social ethics
Methodism s ecumenical and interfaith commitments
Further reading
General index
Index of names

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About the author (2005)

Susan J. White is Alberta H. and Harold L. Lunger Professor of Spiritual Resources and Disciplines at Brite Divinity School, Fort Worth, Texas. Her special expertise is in liturgy and worship.

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