Religion in the Age of Enlightenment


Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, Methodism, methodist women, Mary Bosanquet


In 1770, the renowned Methodist leader Mary Bosanquet (later Fletcher) published a letter of advice she had written to a young woman named Elizabeth Andrews. Amidst a flood of detailed advice about the life of faith, including recommendations about spiritual disciplines, reading matter, and marriage, Bosanquet urged her young friend:

Strive to be little and unknown; and remember that our Lord lived thirty years in private, and only three in publick, and that the word of God allows a woman, professing godliness, no adorning but that of a meek and quiet spirit. Strive, I say, to be little and unknown; yet if God, on any occasion, see fit to call you out into more publick action, then also say, Thy will be done, and embrace, with a ready mind, whatever your Saviour pleases.