Methodism: A Very Short Introduction [#602]
Methodism: A Very Short Introduction [#602]


  • Considers the origins and history of Methodism, from John Wesley to the present day
  • Discusses the practices of Methodism, the messages it preaches, and the identity of Methodists
  • Explores the impact of Methodism on the world today

Beginning as a renewal movement within Anglicanism in the eighteenth century, Methodism had become the largest Protestant denomination in the USA in the nineteenth century, and is today one of the most vibrant forms of Christianity. Representing a complex spiritual and evangelistic experiment that involves a passionate commitment to worldwide mission, it covers a global network of Christian denominations. 
In this Very Short Introduction William J. Abraham trace Methodism from its origins in the work of John Wesley and the hymns of his brother, Charles Wesley, in the eighteenth century, right up to the present. Considering the identity, nature, and history of Methodism, Abraham provides a fresh account of the place of Methodism in the life and thought of the Christian Church. Describing the message of Methodism, and who the Methodists are, he also considers the practices of Methodism, and discusses the global impact of Methodism and its decline in the homelands. Finally Abraham looks forward, and considers the future prospects for Methodism.


1: John Wesley and the origins of Methodism
2: Supporting background music
3: The people called methodists
4: The message of Methodism
5: The search for credible alternatives
6: The practices of Methodism
7: The impact of Methodism
8: The decline of Methodism
9: The future prospects of Methodism
Further Reading


William J. Abraham is the Albert Cook Outler Professor of Wesley Studies, and an Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor at Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas. He grew up in Methodism in Ireland, knows Methodism intimately in its diverse forms within the USA, and has had extensive experience of Methodism in Europe, Central America, and Malaysia. As a scholar he has worked as a philosophical and systematic theologian in conversation with the Methodist tradition from Wesley to the present. Aside from various papers on various historical aspects of Methodist theology, he has co-edited with James E. Kirby, The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies (OUP, 2011) , and written a popular introduction to the theology of John Wesley, Wesley for Armchair Theologians (Westminster John Knox Press, 2005).

"This is very much more than an introduction to Methodism. Using considerable scholarship and a keen theological imagination, Abraham sets Methodism within a broader Christian framework. The result is an honest assessment of the development of Methodism; a penetrating assessment of contemporary Methodist churches; and suggestions for how a faithful Methodist tradition might live in apostolic faithfulness." - Gareth J. Powell, Wesley and Methodist Studies

"Worldwide there have been many published assessments of Methodism some ancient, some modem - some critical, some romantic. I think I am aware of a good many of them. At last there comes a scorcher: Methodism: A Very Short Introduction by William J Abraham (Oxford University Press). The book loses nothing and gains everything for being in the celebrated OUP "A Very Short Introduction" series." - Norman Wallwork, Methodist Recorder

"This very readable work is not only entertaining; it also succeeds in making Methodism accessible to both the scholar and the non-specialist." - Philipp Reisner, Reading Religion

"Abraham's Methodism offers some very helpful insights into the theological history and diversity of the Methodist movement and is therefore a worthwhile read for those interested in Methodist thought." - Christopher Corbin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Anglican and Episcopal History


ISBN : 9780198802310

William J. Abraham
168 ページ
111 x 174 mm
Very Short Introductions





Methodism: A Very Short Introduction [#602]

Methodism: A Very Short Introduction [#602]

Methodism: A Very Short Introduction [#602]