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‘Come and Let Us Sweetly Join’: Engaging with the Dynamics of Early Methodist Practice and its Persecution through an Examination of Two Artefacts Related to the Love-Feast, Yvonne Farley

As proto-Methodism spread and developed in the early to mid-eighteenth century the movement was challenged by excessively vituperative satire which attacked the fervour, expansionism and method of its doctrine and practices. This article explores two artefacts related to the history and representation of a prominent Methodist practice, the Love-feast, and suggests that, far from exposing and destroying the movement, satire served to strengthen and energise it, creating and perpetuating a sect mentality which eventually separated Methodism from the Church of England and transformed its future as an independent Christian denomination.

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Friday, May 1, 2015
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