By Gareth Lloyd

A big new learn of the lifestyles and ministry of the Anglican minister and Evangelical chief Charles Wesley (1707-88) which examines the often-neglected contribution made by means of John Wesley's more youthful brother to the early heritage of the Methodist flow. Charles Wesley's significance because the writer of vintage hymns like `Love Divine' and `O for 1000 Tongues to Sing' is celebrated, yet his wider contribution to Methodism, the Church of britain and the Evangelical Revival has been ignored. Gareth Lloyd provides a brand new appraisal of Charles Wesley according to his personal papers and people of his neighbors and enemies. the image of the Revival that effects from a clean exam of 1 of Methodism's most important leaders bargains a brand new standpoint at the early life of a denomination that this present day has an anticipated eighty million individuals world wide.

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22 The Shared Ministry of John and Charles personalities had on the Revival. This chapter will chart the evolution of the brothers’ relationship from their days at school and university through the first decade of Methodism’s existence until the end of the 1740s at which point their relationship changed forever. FAMILY AND SCHOOL The roots of the close fraternal tie can be traced to a shared upbringing that was special, one might even say abnormal. Strict and devout child-rearing was not of course unique to Samuel and Susanna, but their mixture of discipline and spiritual preparation against the background of an isolated and precarious family situation resulted in the Wesley children becoming exceptionally close.

7 In going up to Christ Church he was following family tradition—his brothers had both been undergraduates there and in the year of Charles’s matriculation John moved to occupy a Fellowship at nearby Lincoln College. Charles would have found Christ Church a congenial place for a man of his background. 9 Spiritual matters were not first on the list of Charles’s concerns during his first year. 10 None of these amounted to a great deal and there can be little doubt that by most standards Charles was an unusually upright and devout young man.

66 High Churchmen often felt uncomfortable with such ambiguity but this attitude of pragmatic tolerance was an aspect of the Church of England that John and Charles Wesley, for all their own High Church convictions, were to use to full advantage. CONTINENTAL INFLUENCE With the return of a measure of religious and political stability after 1660, the English Church opened up to overseas influence. A significant introduction in terms of its effect on the growth and consolidation of Methodism was the concept of the religious society.

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