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Determinative factors in the rise and development of methodism and the relevance of these factors in the light of the ecumenical movement

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dc.contributor.author Attwell AFI en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T09:10:43Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T09:10:43Z
dc.date.created 1972 en
dc.date.submitted 1981 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/45162
dc.description.abstract Examines the essence of Methodism and its raison d'�tre today. It becomes apparent that the church arose as a protest movement that met a need which the mother-Church was not meeting, and that it produced a closely-knit religious community which provided its adherents with a sense of personal worth and of belonging together in a time of social upheaval. Methodism has proved adaptable and durable in widely different sociological landscapes. Three are examined - Britain, North America and South Africa. In all three Methodism provided a community structure during times of social disturbance, when people found it difficult to find a universal sense of belonging and therefore a need to belong to one another. In the local situation the Methodist way of being the visible Church has enabled people to belong together in community. However, this has also brought to light an inherent weakness in Methodism. If the accent is on the structure rather than the spirit (ethos) of the movement, then it begins to exhibit a fissiparous tendency - a tendency to fly apart under socio-economic, cultural and political pressures, not least because the local unit is so well geared for self-sufficiency. This leads to the conclusion that what present-day Methodism patently lacks is a principle of continuity, and a focus of unity which in Wesley's time was provided by the mother-Church to which they were the corrective opposition. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Religion en
dc.subject Biblical studies en
dc.title Determinative factors in the rise and development of methodism and the relevance of these factors in the light of the ecumenical movement en
dc.type Doctoral degree en
dc.description.degree PhD en


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