1st Edition

Methodist Heritage and Identity





ISBN 9780367887339
Published December 12, 2019 by Routledge
188 Pages

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Book Description

Brian Beck has had a long and distinguished career in Methodist studies, having additionally served as President of the UK Methodist Conference and helped lead the international Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. This book is the first time that Beck’s seminal work on Methodism has been gathered together. It includes eighteen essays from the last twenty-five years, covering many different aspects of Methodist thought and practice.





This collection is divided into two main sections. Part I covers Methodism’s heritage and its implications, while Part II discusses wider issues of Methodism’s identity. The chapters themselves examine the work of key figures, such as John Wesley and J. E. Rattenbury, as well as past and present forms of Methodist thought and practice. As such, this book is important reading for any scholar of Methodism as well as students and academics of religious studies and theology more generally.

Table of Contents

General Introduction





 



Part I: Heritage





1 John Wesley: Encounter or Embarrassment?





2 Rattenbury Revisited: The Theology of Charles Wesley’s Hymns





3 The Eucharistic Hymns: An Appreciation





4 Reflections on Methodism Post-Wesley





5 Reflections on Connexionalism





6 Connexion and Koinonia: Wesley’s Legacy and the Ecumenical Ideal





7 The "Large Minutes": Ecclesiological Implications





8 Conference Episcope: History and Theology





9 Richard Matthews: A Layman Overlooked





 



Part II: Identity





10 Who Are We? The Elusive Methodist Identity





11 A Methodist Theological System?





12 World Methodist Theology? The Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies





13 The Idea of a National Church





14 Unity and Conscience





15 ‘Until We All Attain...’: Eschatology and the Goal of Unity





16 The Porvoo Common Statement: A Methodist Response





17 A Reflection on Structural Change





18 What is a Divinity School For?

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Biography

Brian E. Beck is a Fellow and former Principal of Wesley House in Cambridge, UK. He was the Secretary of the Methodist Conference in Britain from 1984 to 1998 and President from 1993 to 1994, and from 1969 to 2007 he shared in the leadership of the international Oxford Institute of Methodist Theological Studies. Now retired, Brian teaches the theology and history of Methodism, and New Testament Greek. He also looks after the college archives and serves on the library committee.