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By Gareth Lloyd

A tremendous new examine of the lifestyles and ministry of the Anglican minister and Evangelical chief Charles Wesley (1707-88) which examines the often-neglected contribution made via John Wesley's more youthful brother to the early heritage of the Methodist circulate. Charles Wesley's significance because the writer of vintage hymns like `Love Divine' and `O for one thousand Tongues to Sing' is widely known, yet his wider contribution to Methodism, the Church of britain and the Evangelical Revival has been neglected. Gareth Lloyd provides a brand new appraisal of Charles Wesley according to his personal papers and people of his pals and enemies. the image of the Revival that effects from a clean exam of 1 of Methodism's most vital leaders bargains a brand new standpoint at the youth of a denomination that this present day has an expected eighty million individuals world wide.

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74 For a discussion of the widespread anticlericalism of the era, see ibid. 44–51. 20 The Epworth Experience non-residency, there was a great deal that was wrong with the Church, but there was also an openness that contributed to an atmosphere unusually receptive to revival. It is easy to view the Anglican Church as a monolithic instinctively conservative institution rigidly attached to the Thirty-Nine Articles and the Book of Common Prayer, but the eighteenth-century reality was far more complex.

In 1721 Charles achieved the enviable status of King’s Scholar, which brought with it free board and education together with the likelihood of a university scholarship. Four years later he became Captain of the School, an honour accorded to the most promising senior pupil. His contemporaries included the sons of aristocratic and gentry families and for Charles, the son of a penniless country minister, to win this distinction speaks volumes for the quality of his character. 4 It is doubtful whether financial constraints would have allowed Charles to make the long journey home at all during his ten years in London.

29 John’s displacement of Samuel junior in Charles’s loyalties did not go unnoticed by their oldest brother and his wife Ursula. 30 Ursula was more visibly resentful and attempted, according to Charles’s account, to sow dissension between her brothers-in-law. 31 Samuel and Ursula were not the only ones to notice the deepening bond between John and Charles: John Gambold, their colleague in the holy club, remarked ‘I never observed any person have a more real deference for another, than [Charles] had for his brother .

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