American Methodist Worship
Memory and Modernization
More than a summary, the final chapter synthesizes the revisionary processes already examined and identifies particular factors that have contributed to the evolution of Methodist worship as a whole. On the one hand, Methodists were retrospective in ordering their worship and looking to their immediate past, to their founder John Wesley, and also beyond that to apostolic Christianity and to scripture. On the other hand, Methodists were prospective and strove to offer worship fitting for the present in order to maintain a viable community of faith for the ages yet to come. Both approaches reveal the Americanization of worship that was set in motion from the founding of the various Methodist denominations.
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