Charles Wesley's Tercentenary – Re-appraising Early Methodism

Charles Wesley's Tercentenary – Re-appraising Early Methodism Ecclesiology 4 (2008) 237–249 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/174413608X308645 www.brill.nl/ecso ECCLESIOLOGY Article Review Charles Wesley’s Tercentenary – Re-appraising Early Methodism David M.Chapman 23 Ryecroft Drive, HORSHAM, West Sussex, RH12 2AW davidm.chapman@btinternet.com Kenneth G. C. Newport and Ted A. Campbell, Charles Wesley: Life, Literature and Legacy (Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2007), xiii + 573 pp. £25. ISBN 978–0–7162–0607–1(pbk). Th e tercentenary of the birth of Charles Wesley on 18 December 1707 aff ords an opportunity to reassess a man who, besides living in the shadow of his more famous brother, John, had the misfortune to be on the losing side in the battle for the soul of Methodism in the eighteenth century. Since writing history is the prerogative of the winning side, his reputation suff ered in the early years of the nineteenth century as Wesleyan Methodists marginalized the legacy of the sizeable faction, headed by Charles, which had laboured to keep Methodism within the Church of England. Embarrassed at Charles’ apparent resistance to divine providence, early chroniclers of Methodism avoided painful controversy by glossing over the more inconvenient aspects of his contribution to the movement, thereby relegating him to the subsidi- ary role of poet and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Ecclesiology Brill

Charles Wesley's Tercentenary – Re-appraising Early Methodism

Ecclesiology , Volume 4 (2): 237 – Jan 1, 2008

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© 2008 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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Ecclesiology 4 (2008) 237–249 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2008 DOI 10.1163/174413608X308645 www.brill.nl/ecso ECCLESIOLOGY Article Review Charles Wesley’s Tercentenary – Re-appraising Early Methodism David M.Chapman 23 Ryecroft Drive, HORSHAM, West Sussex, RH12 2AW davidm.chapman@btinternet.com Kenneth G. C. Newport and Ted A. Campbell, Charles Wesley: Life, Literature and Legacy (Peterborough: Epworth Press, 2007), xiii + 573 pp. £25. ISBN 978–0–7162–0607–1(pbk). Th e tercentenary of the birth of Charles Wesley on 18 December 1707 aff ords an opportunity to reassess a man who, besides living in the shadow of his more famous brother, John, had the misfortune to be on the losing side in the battle for the soul of Methodism in the eighteenth century. Since writing history is the prerogative of the winning side, his reputation suff ered in the early years of the nineteenth century as Wesleyan Methodists marginalized the legacy of the sizeable faction, headed by Charles, which had laboured to keep Methodism within the Church of England. Embarrassed at Charles’ apparent resistance to divine providence, early chroniclers of Methodism avoided painful controversy by glossing over the more inconvenient aspects of his contribution to the movement, thereby relegating him to the subsidi- ary role of poet and

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