Category Archives: English History

John Wesley's experience at Lincoln College

A webpage from Lincoln College itself adds detail to the story: In 1726 a vacancy became available for a Fellowship at Lincoln College, which at that time was open only to those born in the diocese of Lincoln. Wesley’s father … Continue reading

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The Boy John Wesley at Charterhouse

The Boy John Wesley at Charterhouse – an article by Donald N. Bastian, a retired Free Methodist bishop serving in Canada. *** Source: You can find the article here: http://justcallmepastor.wordpress.com/2011/07/18/the-boy-john-wesley-at-charterhouse/

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John Wesley at Charterhouse School

In 1714, at age 11, Wesley was sent to the Charterhouse School in London (under the mastership of John King from 1715), where he lived the studious, methodical and—for a while—religious life in which he had been trained at home. John Telford relates the … Continue reading

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William Law and "A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life"

William Law (1686 – 9 April 1761) was a Church of England priest who lost his position at Emmanuel College, Cambridge when his conscience would not allow him to take the required oath of allegiance to the first Hanoverian monarch, George I. Law had previously … Continue reading

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Jeremy Taylor and "The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living"

Jeremy Taylor (15 August 1613 – 13 August 1667) was a cleric in the Church of England who achieved fame as an author during theProtectorate of Oliver Cromwell. He is sometimes known as the “Shakespeare of Divines” for his poetic style of expression and was often presented … Continue reading

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Religion in the United Kingdom – a historical overview.

Note: this article from Wikipedia helps us understand the overarching context for religion in the United Kingdom throughout history; Methodism arose in the midst of that historical context. Religion in the United Kingdom and in the countries that preceded it has … Continue reading

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English Laws that discriminated against Nonconformists or Dissenters

Nonconformist (or Non-conformist) was a term used in England and Wales after the Act of Uniformity 1662 to refer to a Protestant Christian who did not “conform” to the governance and usages of the established Church of England. English Dissenters (such as Puritans) who violated the Act of Uniformity 1559 may retrospectively be considered Nonconformists, typically by … Continue reading

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What is a Dissenter?

John Wesley was born in 1703 in Epworth, 23 miles (37 km) north-west of Lincoln, as the fifteenth child ofSamuel Wesley and his wife Susanna Wesley (née Annesley). Samuel Wesley was a graduate of the University of Oxford and a poet who, since 1696, had been rector of Epworth. He had … Continue reading

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The Age of Enlightenment

The 18th century: Age of Enlightenment had a chilling effect on spiritual movements, but this was countered by the Methodist revival of John Wesley, Charles Wesley and George Whitefield in England … Note: The Methodist revival was a societal response to ideas from the Age of Enlightenment. The quote … Continue reading

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The Revival Begins – the basics of a revival

The Methodist movement originated as a revival within the 18th-century Church of England and became a separate Church following Wesley’s death.  A Christian revival is a specific period of increased spiritual interest or renewal in the life of a church congregation or many churches, either regionally or globally. This should be distinguished from the use of … Continue reading

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