Early Methodist Life and Spirituality

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Early Methodist Life and Spirituality
Paperback ISBN: 9780687342747
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Published May 2005

Representative writings of early American Methodists illustrating their spirituality and lives.
This book presents primary source material from the writings of early American Methodists (ca. 1770-1820).  Ruth topically organizes and sets each reading in context. Materials from Francis Asbury, Thomas Coke, Peter Cartwright, as well as rank-and-file Methodists are included. Ruth's book demonstrates that early Methodism was made up of both men and women and both Black and White persons. The primary material includes sermon outlines, journal and diary entries, excerpts from correspondence, hymnody and poetry, theological reflections, and contemporaneous historical descriptions.

About the Author

Lester Ruth

Lester Ruth is the Research Professor of Christian Worship at Duke Divinity School.   Ruth holds degress from Notre Dame, Candler School of Theology of Emory University, and Asbury Theological Seminary. He was a student of James F. White - the former University of Notre Dame Professor of Theology (Liturgical Studies). He co-authored Lovin’ On Jesus: A Concise History of Contemporary Worship with Dr. Swee Hong Lim.