The Global Impact of the Wesleyan Traditions and Their Related Movements

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The Global Impact of the Wesleyan Traditions and Their Related Movements. Edited by Charles Yrigoyen, Jr. Lanham, Md.: Scarecrow Press, 2002. Pp. xxiv, 301. $75.

This book, number 14 in the Pietist and Wesleyan Studies series, is based on papers from a conference on the global impact of Methodism sponsored by the World Methodist Society, held at Asbury Theological Seminary in August 2000.

Donald Dayton begins by reminding readers that the Wesleyan tradition originates from classical Christian heritage, including Roman Catholicism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Protestantism, Puritanism, and Pietism. With such an eclectic origin, Wesleyanism forms a powerful tradition overflowing the denominational banks of Methodism. This study, then, celebrates the various strands within Christianity influenced by Methodism.

Major thematic areas covered include the relationship of Pauline missions to parachurch missions; Wesleyan missionary theology in the works of Richard Watson; the Catholic and Protestant, but predominantly missionary, roots of Latin American Methodism; the Methodist leanings of some African Initiated Churches; and, finally, a discussion of Wesley's works in Latin America and the Methodist Archives and Research Centre at the John Rylands University Library of Manchester. …