The Historical Backgrounds of Early Methodist Enthusiasm

By Umphrey Lee

The Historical Backgrounds of Early Methodist Enthusiasm

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  • ISBN: 9781606083727
  • Pages: 176
  • Publication Date: 1/6/2009
  • Retail Price: $17.00
Web Price: $13.60
Web Price: $13.60

The Historical Backgrounds of Early Methodist Enthusiasm

By Umphrey Lee

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  • ISBN: 9781606083727
  • Pages: 176
  • Publication Date: 1/6/2009
  • Retail Price: $17.00
Web Price: $13.60
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Does God really communicate his will to individuals, so that they receive infallible guidance in that sense which the ancient Greeks called "enthusiasm"? Both the Old Testament and the New maintain that the true prophets received direct advices from God, which, regardless of consequences, they were morally bound to communicate even to the skeptical among their contemporaries.
The recent canonization of Joan of Arc is a fresh proof that the Catholics believe in the possibility of private revelations. Luther, Calvin and the English Reformers were hostile to those Anabaptists and others who alleged they were actually receiving new revelations; and early Massachusetts felt that the most dangerous of Anne Hutchinson's heresies was her claim to immediate inspiration; for the "motions" she followed might not be those of God but the Devil.
Dr. Lee sketches the belief in direct inspiration from its Hebraic and Greek roots down to the time of the French Prophets who amazed London. Early Methodism arose in such an atmosphere. He has, therefore, examined the early records of the Methodist movement and gathered evidence from its friends and from its enemies to answer the question: How far did some of the early Methodists believe that they were directly moved by God?

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