Religion in the Age of Enlightenment


Religion in the Age of Enlightenment, Book Review, John Wesley


Wesley and Methodist Studies is a joint venture of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre and the Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University. The annual publishes works on John and Charles Wesley, Methodism, and the Evangelical Revival, primarily covering the eighteenth century through the present, though it also considers essays dealing with historical precedents for the Wesleys and their religious movement. Volume 2 contains five articles on the topics of Charles Wesley, the early Methodist use of verbal proclamation, the relationship between Hugh Bourne and William Clowes in Primitive Methodism, and Irish Methodist membership between 1855 and 1914. The volume also includes an annotated excerpt, with introductory material, of a 1794 sermon by Mary Fletcher, as well as six book reviews. Clearly, the annual is meant for the specific audience of scholars studying Methodism, but several of the essays would appeal to those more generally interested in eighteenth-century religion or even a broader view of eighteenth-century social history.