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Excerpt from The Wesleyan Methodist Association Magazine, for 1844, Vol. 7 Naturally possessing a melancholy and desponding disposition, her joy partook not of an extatic character. Her mental constitution frequently exerted a lessening inﬂuence on her spiritual enjoyments, and excited in her such an amount of anxiety, lest she should be found deceiving herself, that the time of her sojourning was passed, most emphatically, in fear. Her rejoicing was mingled with trembling to an extent, as was uncomfortable to herself, and to some persons, pos sessing a less tender conscience, highly unaccountable. For some weeks prior to her death, she entertained a strong pre sentiment of her approaching dissolution, under the inﬂuence of which impression, her deep humility, her exemplary deadness to the world, her anxiety to be fully prepared for her Master's coming, became daily and increasingly evident. She dreaded not the consequences of death, knowing, that when absent from the body, she should be present with the Lord, which she regarded as bliss to be infinitely desired. She was assured of obtaining a victory over death and the grave; yet she feared the pains of dissolution, the conﬂict with her final foe. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Originally published in 1984, this book charts the political and social consequences of Methodist expansion in the first century of its existence. While the relationship between Methodism and politics is the central subject of the book a number of other important themes are also developed. The Methodist revival is placed in the context of European pietism, enlightenment thought forms, 18th century popular culture, and Wesley’s theological and political opinions. Throughout the book Methodism is treated on a national scale, although the regional, chronological and religious diversity of Methodist belief and practice is also emphasized.
Drawing on sermons and extensive source material from the mid-Victorian religious press, this innovative reappraisal of the Great Exhibition of 1851 shows that it was widely understood by contemporaries to possess a religious dimension and that it generated controversy among religious groups.