Wesley And Methodism

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yan and the Whitefieldite Methodism; and it is curious to note the fact, that while, as we shall see, the former exhibited at its commencement ostensible extravagances and distortions which in a much less degree attached to the latter, it was Wesley's community that crystalized itself in geometric figure; while Whitefield's followers passed into an organized condition very slowly and very imperfectly. Wesley's Methodism excelled in external order; Whitefield's in a deep and more true harmony. But what we have just now to do with is, that training in verbal precision, which was to give life and form, both to the theology of Wesley, and to his institutions. EARLY STAGES OF WESLEY'S RELIGIOUS COURSE. At Oxford, Wesley's religious feelings went through a two-fold transmutation, which, however, brought him very little way forward toward the position whence he was to exercise his ministry. At each step of his progress he had yielded, after some resistance, to a force partly logical, and partly suasive ; and his so yielding might, by a bystander, have been anticipated as certain to ensue. Nevertheless, his conversion, taking place as it did in this manner, by successive vanquishments, gave to his own religious opinions, and so afterward to Methodism, a marked character of abruptness and antagonism. The conversion of several of his companions was less, or not at all, interrupted by distinct epochs: and therefore, while it was less logical, it was of a more even color, and the doctrinal system adopted had in it more of harmony, and less of paradox. Wesleyan Methodism, so far as it was the product of its founder's mind, and the representative of his individual experience, and the symbolic record of his personal religious history, came forth?a cramped Christianity; ...

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