Religion, Gender, and Industry: Exploing Church and Methodism in a Local Setting

Geordan Hammond Peter S. Forsaith D. Bruce Hindmarsh


Religion, Gender, and Industry: Exploing Church and Methodism in a Local Setting

Religion, Gender, and Industry: Exploing Church and Methodism in a Local Setting

  • Title: Religion, Gender, and Industry: Exploing Church and Methodism in a Local Setting
  • Author: Geordan Hammond Peter S. Forsaith D. Bruce Hindmarsh
  • ISBN: 9781608996421
  • Page: 486
  • Format: Paperback



Synopsis What part did religion play in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain How did the local situation differ from the national picture What was the role of women in society and the church And how did the emerging centers of industrial activity interact with the places in which they sprung up These are wide questions, but they can be seen in microcoSynopsis What part did religion play in late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Britain How did the local situation differ from the national picture What was the role of women in society and the church And how did the emerging centers of industrial activity interact with the places in which they sprung up These are wide questions, but they can be seen in microcosm in one small area of the English midlands the parish of Madeley, Shropshire, in which was the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Coalbrookdale Here, the evangelical Methodist clergyman John Fletcher ministered between 1760 and 1785, among a population including Catholics and Quakers as well people indifferent to religion Then, for nearly sixty years after his death, two women, Fletcher s widow and later her protege, had virtual charge of the parish, which became one of the last examples of Methodism remaining within the Church of England Through examining this specific locality, these essays engage particularly with areas of broader significance, including Methodism s roots and growth in relation to the Church of England, religion and gender in eighteenth century Britain, and religion and emerging industrial society The last decade has seen substantial growth in studies of John and Mary Fletcher, early Methodism, and its relationship to the Church of England Religion, Gender, and Industry offers a contribution to this developing area of research The groundbreaking essays in this volume are written by an international group of scholars and present the latest research in this field The contributions in this volume, originally presented at a conference in Shropshire in 2009, address these themes from multidisciplinary perspectives, including history, theology, gender studies, and industry In addition to furthering knowledge of Madeley parish and its relation to larger themes in eighteenth century Britain, the impact of the Fletchers in nineteenth century American Methodism is examined Endorsements Local studies sometimes paint richly textured portraits of people and places that reveal the complex matrix of real life This is one of those studies A collection of essays on church and Methodism in the parish of Madeley in Shropshire, this book offers a model of interdisciplinary collaboration at its best If you love to see how faith, work, and life connect for real people in an ever changing world, this book is for you Paul W Chilcote Professor of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies Ashland Theological Seminary This valuable volume is to be welcomed for bringing the Fletchers further out from Wesley s shadow It is instructive to see them expertly assessed from the perspective of recent historiography John as model Evangelical pastor of an industrializing parish and as a theologian whose insights into holiness, mysticism, and charismatic piety continue to engage transatlantic attention Mary as an enduring inspiration to women preachers and leaders John Walsh Emeritus Fellow Jesus College, Oxford Editor Biography Geordan Hammond is Lecturer in Church History and Wesley Studies, Nazarene Theological College and Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, UK Peter S Forsaith is Research Fellow at The Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History, Oxford Brookes University, UK.


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