'A Glorious Work in the World': Welsh Methodism and the International Evangelical Revival, 1735-1750

'A Glorious Work in the World': Welsh Methodism and the International Evangelical Revival, 1735-1750

'A Glorious Work in the World': Welsh Methodism and the International Evangelical Revival, 1735-1750

'A Glorious Work in the World': Welsh Methodism and the International Evangelical Revival, 1735-1750

Synopsis

David Ceri Jones's landmark study situates the Welsh Methodist Revival within the context of the international evangelical community that thrived, particularly between 1735 and 1750, and that spanned many parts of Europe and the American colonies. The Welsh revival was one constituent element of this much wider pan-Protestant awakening. This survey focuses on the relationship of the Welsh revival with its various sister awakenings in England, Scotland, Ireland, parts of France, Germany and the American colonies. Analysing the means by which Methodists in Wales communicated with their fellow evangelicals, it traces some of the ways in which the Welsh Methodists contributed to the wider evangelical enterprise and argues that the Methodist Revival actually represents the birth of Evangelicalism in Wales.

'A Glorious Work in the World': Welsh Methodism and the International Evangelical Revival, 1735-1750 will be essential reading for anyone interested in the history of Methodism and the Evangelical Revival, as well as those interested in the broader questions of literacy, popular religion, national identity and the eighteenth-century British Atlantic world more generally.

Excerpt

This study is intended to represent a significant reinterpretation of the eighteenth-century Welsh Methodist revival. Despite the extensive historiography relating to Welsh Methodism, modern historical scholarship has yet to illuminate a number of important areas. Both Eryn M. White in her Praidd Bach y Bugail Mawr: Seiadau Methodistaidd De-Orllewin Cymru (1995) and Geraint Tudur in his Howell Harris: From Conversion to Separation, 1735–1750 (2000) have recently opened up new perspectives on the study of Welsh Methodism, but they have both approached the subject from decidedly Welsh points of view. This study adopts a more comparative approach and attempts to assess the role that the Welsh revival played in the wider evangelical enterprise, particularly between 1735 and 1750. In the historiography of the evangelical revival more generally, the current trend is to view the movement as a response to the collective trauma that engulfed the whole international Protestant community and that cut right across national and denominational boundaries. The Welsh revival must therefore be located within the context of this ‘pan-Protestant’ crisis. The focus of this studid="x29" brks="brks">The preparation of this work has naturally left me indebted to a number of people. I have been privileged to have as my doctoral supervisor and mentor, Dr Eryn M. White. Her unfailing support, encouragement and seemingly inexhaustible reserves of patience have consistently eased the research and . . .

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