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Methodism denotes a group of Protestant churches that today is one of the largest in the world, with around 35 million members (and 70 million “friends”). The term (originally one of derision) derives from the strict discipline of “methodical” spiritual accountability.

Methodism was the culmination of several streams of spirituality with roots in continental Pietism, resulting in a popular movement of revivalism ("First Great Awakening") withi…

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O'Malley, Steve and “Methodism”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 24 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_024028>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20190801

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