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Textual Warfare and the Making of Methodism

Brett C. McInelly


This book argues that the eighteenth-century Methodist revival participated in and was produced by a rich textual culture that includes both pro- and anti-Methodist texts; and that Methodism be understood and approached as a rhetorical problem—as a point of contestation and debate resolved through discourse. Methodist belief and practice attracted its share of negative press, and Methodists eagerly (and publically) responded to their critics; and the controversy generated by the revival ensured that Methodism would be conditioned by textual and rhetorical processes, whether in published polemi ... More

Keywords: Methodist, Methodism, Methodist revival, anti-Methodist, print, rhetoric, public sphere, belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198708940
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708940.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brett C. McInelly, author
Associate Professor of English, Brigham Young University