This book is a study of John Wesley's two year stay in Georgia from 1736-37. While Wesley's biographers have all discussed his Georgia sojourn, no one has yet produced a book-length investigation of his experience in America. The central argument of this study is that the Georgia mission, for Wesley, was a laboratory for implementing his views of primitive Christianity. The ideal of restoring the doctrine, discipline, and practice of the early church in thepristine Georgia wilderness was the prime motivating factor in Wesley's decision to embark for Georgia and in his clerical practice in the colony. The inspiration for his missionary practice was the HighChurch ecclesiology of the Usager Nonjurors, which had the restoration of the primitive church as its aim. Understanding the centrality of primitive Christianity to Wesley's thinking and pastoral methods is essential to comprehending his experience in the New World.The initial research was made possible by a studentship granted by the John Rylands Research Institute. ... Lee Prize in American Methodist History given by The General Commission on Archives and History of The United Methodist Church.
|Title||:||John Wesley in America|
|Publisher||:||Oxford University Press - 2014-04|