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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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The Bands as a Key to the Distinctive Wesleyan Synthesis of Anglican and Moravian Piety

The Bands as a Key to the Distinctive Wesleyan Synthesis of Anglican and Moravian Piety

(p.72) 3 The Bands as a Key to the Distinctive Wesleyan Synthesis of Anglican and Moravian Piety
Pursuing Social Holiness

Kevin M. Watson

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the band meeting was the key expression of John Wesley’s synthesis of Anglican and Moravian piety. The chapter describes the ways in which the band meeting expressed each aspect of this synthesis and argues that the distinct theological contribution of the Wesleyan bands was the conjunction of the Moravian emphasis on justification by faith and assurance with the Anglican emphasis on growth in holiness through a disciplined practice of the means of grace. The chapter particularly focuses on the ways in which both Moravian and Anglican piety are expressed in Wesley’s “Rules of the Band Societies.” The chapter then outlines the extent to which Wesley’s insistence on the importance of each aspect of this synthesis led to conflicts with both Anglicans and Moravians. The chapter concludes by arguing that the band meeting was the ideal location for the pursuit of holiness of heart and life in early Methodism.

Keywords:   Anglican piety, assurance, band meeting, early Methodism, holiness, John Wesley, justification by faith, means of grace, Moravian piety

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