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Textual Warfare and the Making of Methodism$
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Brett C. McInelly

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198708940

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198708940.001.0001

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Print Culture and the Making of Methodism

Print Culture and the Making of Methodism

(p.24) 1 Print Culture and the Making of Methodism
Textual Warfare and the Making of Methodism

Brett C. McInelly

Oxford University Press

Chapter 1 examines the textual culture surrounding the revival and demonstrates the ways Methodism was defined by this culture. A textual culture is constituted, in part, by the proliferation and availability of texts; but more important than sheer numbers is the extent to which these texts constructed and were constructed by readers. Whether wrestling with spiritual feelings in the pages of a private diary, or working through theological disagreements in more public venues, the printed word figured significantly in the ways early Methodists processed their faith; and the historical record suggests that publishing efforts by the Methodists and their critics helped make Methodism a going concern in an age that witnessed an unprecedented expansion of the press at the same time anti-Methodist persecution energized and confirmed believers in their convictions.

Keywords:   textual culture, publishing, Methodism, anti-Methodist, religious persecution

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