From Abolitionists to Fundamentalists: The transformation of the Wesleyan Methodists in the nineteenth and twentieth Centuries

Stephens, Randall (2015) From Abolitionists to Fundamentalists: The transformation of the Wesleyan Methodists in the nineteenth and twentieth Centuries. American Nineteenth Century History, 16 (2). pp. 159-191. ISSN 1466-4658

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Abstract

This article analyzes the cultural trajectory of a small, but influential denomination that formed in 1843. Wesleyan Methodism first emerged as an abolitionist protest against the Methodist compromise with slavery. It drew in members who championed a range of antebellum social reforms, including abolitionism, pacifism, women’s rights, and temperance. By the early 20th century Wesleyans would become closely identified with fundamentalism, waging war against modernism, championing personal holiness, and maintaining a militant brand of protestant orthodoxy. This article places Wesleyans within a larger religious and cultural context of the Civil War era and the late 19th century disenchantment of the Gilded Age and Progressive Eras. It also traces the reasons for the Wesleyans shifting focus away from social reform and toward matters of personal holiness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Abolitionism, fundamentalism, holiness movement, Wesleyan Methodist Connection, religion and the Civil War
Subjects: T700 American studies
V300 History by topic
V600 Theology and Religious studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
Depositing User: Randall Stephens
Date Deposited: 13 Jul 2015 09:06
Last Modified: 23 Mar 2016 23:41
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/23329

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