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Pursuing Social HolinessThe Band Meeting in Wesley's Thought and Popular Methodist Practice$
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Kevin M. Watson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199336364

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199336364.001.0001

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Forerunners of the Early Methodist Band Meeting

Forerunners of the Early Methodist Band Meeting

(p.16) 1 Forerunners of the Early Methodist Band Meeting
Pursuing Social Holiness

Kevin M. Watson

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the background of John Wesley’s distinct version of the band meeting. The deep background of the Wesleyan bands is Philipp Jakob Spener’s collegia pietatis and Anthony Horneck’s Religious Societies. Spener’s influence in Continental Pietism continued when a revival among the Moravians at Herrnhut resulted in the creation of the Banden. Horneck’s influence was felt within Anglicanism when the Wesleys and other particularly earnest Anglicans gathered together at Oxford University to hold one another accountable for their pursuit of holiness. These parallel traditions were joined together when the Wesleys first encountered Moravians on their missionary trip to Georgia and subsequently formed the Fetter Lane Society in London. This chapter argues that though the tensions between these expressions of Anglican and Moravian piety were more than the Fetter Lane Society could hold, it nevertheless marked a crucial step in the development of John Wesley’s “method” of “social holiness.”

Keywords:   Anglicans, Anthony Horneck, Banden, collegia pietatis, Fetter Lane Society, Moravians, Oxford Methodism, Philipp Jakob Spener, Pietism, Religious Societies

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