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John Bennet and the origins of Methodism and the Evangelical Revival in England /
Simon Ross Valentine.
imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1997.
description
xxii, 370 p. : ill.
ISBN
0810833263 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1997.
isbn
0810833263 (cloth : alk. paper)
catalogue key
1517706
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Methodist historians should benefit from this major reassessment of Bennet's contribution to Methodism.
Valentine has done a great service to those interested in Methodist history by bringing to center stage a character previously confined to a bit part...
Valentine has given us a very readable study that is carefully researched and closely documented.
...we now have Dr. Valentine's full scale study of Bennett, a first rate and readable piece of work based on the remaining primary sources...well produced, with good illustrations...
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Summaries
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Following a dramatic conversion experience in 1742, Bennet worked as a Methodist lay preacher from 1743 to 1749. He was also a pioneering influence in the origins of Methodism by introducing both the Quarterly Meeting and Annual Conference.
Long Description
Despite being a pioneer preacher in his own right, John Wesley was not the sole figure responsible for bringing about the Evangelical Revival in eighteenth-century England. In many areas of the country he was preceded by work carried out by men and women who established groups of converts which later formed the local Methodist church. Using unique manuscripts previously unexploited by Wesleyan scholarship, Dr. Simon Ross Valentine has produced a biography of one such early preacher, John Bennet (1714-1759). Following a dramatic conversion experience in 1742, Bennet associated himself with Benjamin Ingham and David Taylor. From 1742 to 1749, he worked as a Methodist lay preacher, carrying out evangelistic activities throughout the north of England. Bennet was also a pioneering influence in the origins of Methodism by introducing both the Quarterly Meeting and Annual Conference. Because he ultimately refused to submit to Wesley's doctrine, Methodist historians have presented Bennet as "a treacherous and unfriendly man." Valentine, perceiving the need for a more objective reappraisal of Bennet's significance, and drawing on considerable Bennet correspondence, has produced this first sympathetic biography of the early preacher. Recommended for all individuals and libraries seeking fresh insight into the origins of eighteenth century Methodism. Includes bibliography, endnotes, and illustrations.
Main Description
Valentine, perceiving the need for a more objective reappraisal of Bennet's significance, and drawing on considerable Bennet correspondence, has produced this first sympathetic biography of the eighteenth-century preacher.
Table of Contents
Illustrations
Abbreviations
Abbreviations Used by Bennet
"A Declaration of My Faith"
Foreword
Editors' Preface
Preface
Introductionp. 1
Source Material for the Life of John Bennetp. 5
Bennet's Early Years, 1714-1730p. 13
Working as a Legal Clerk and a Commercial Carrierp. 27
Bennet's Conversion and Association with Inghamp. 35
First Links with Methodism, June 1742-April 1743p. 57
Pioneer Evangelist in the Early Days of Wesleyan Methodism, April-August 1743p. 65
The Establishment of Bennet's Roundp. 77
The First Methodist Conference, June 1744p. 99
Further Riots and Persecution, December 1746-April 1747p. 111
"Ye Methodist Parson," Winter 1747-1748p. 121
Wesley's Chief Strategist on the Northwest Frontp. 139
Magistrates, Mobs, and Miracles, Summer 1748p. 151
Bennet and the Origin of the Methodist Quarterly Meetingp. 161
"Comfortable Relations of Love and Unity": The Condition of the Northern Societies, October 1748-October 1749p. 173
Grace Murray's Early Years and Conversion, 1715-1740p. 193
Grace Murray's Life with the Methodists and Her Marriage to Bennet, 1740-1749p. 203
Grace Murray: "A Real Pious Saint of Christ"p. 221
The Calm before the Storm, 1750-1752p. 241
Rivalry and Rift: Bennet's Separation from Methodismp. 249
Bennet and the Origins of Bolton Congregationalismp. 267
Ordination and the Warburton Ministry, 1754-1759p. 277
The Sources of Bennet's Theologyp. 287
Salvation, Redemption, and the "Calvinian Bottom"p. 297
The Assurance of Salvationp. 309
Bennet and the Doctrine of Perfectionp. 315
Bennet and Baptismp. 321
Bennet the Preacherp. 327
John Bennet: "Servant of Jesus Christ in the Worke of the Gospel" - Conclusion: Bennet's Significancep. 337
Bennet's Literary Worksp. 341
Selected Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 355
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