Friday, April 4, 2008

Congregationalism/Methodism relationship

Congregationalism / Methodism relationship

Definition of a Congregationalist: they felt they should make their own decisions about affairs of the congregation independent of any higher authority. This is the same doctrine as the Methodists who felt that the Anglican Church was in a state of apathy and wished to follow a more ethical system that did not dwell on the divinity of Jesus and the salivation doctrine. The Methodists targeted the working class which had slipped towards this apathy to religion by using powerful preaching, Bible study, communal hymn singing, love of God, and fostering a relationship with their savior and became a powerful movement influencing Anglicanism which was later known as “evangelical”. The strict doctrine of the Catholic church and the dictates of the Pope are part of which lead the young divinity students of the 1720's at Oxford university in England to start Methodism.

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