The Resource A reappraisal of Wesleyan Methodist mission in the first half of the nineteenth century, as viewed through the ministry of the Rev John Smithies (1802-1872), Richard B. Roy, (electronic resource)

A reappraisal of Wesleyan Methodist mission in the first half of the nineteenth century, as viewed through the ministry of the Rev John Smithies (1802-1872), Richard B. Roy, (electronic resource)

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A reappraisal of Wesleyan Methodist mission in the first half of the nineteenth century, as viewed through the ministry of the Rev John Smithies (1802-1872)
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A reappraisal of Wesleyan Methodist mission in the first half of the nineteenth century, as viewed through the ministry of the Rev John Smithies (1802-1872)
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Richard B. Roy
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eng
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"The dissertation reappraises Wesleyan Methodist (WM) mission in the first half of the nineteenth century on the basis of its mission statement ('to reform the nation, particularly the Church; and to spread scriptural holiness over the land') and a primary WM characteristic, religious experience. The mission statement shapes the outline for the first main section of the dissertation (3.0) utilising the three divisions of the statement only in reverse order, specifically, (1) the spread of scriptural holiness, (2) reform of the church and (3) reform of the land (nation). The second main section (4.0) examines religious experience in the core areas, (1) personal spirituality, (2) conversion and sanctification, and (3) revival. The prism through which WM is viewed within this two-fold interpretive framework is the ministry of Wesleyan missionary, Rev John Smithies (1802-1872). Although utilising an atypical methodology, that is, to review WM mission through the life of one missionary, the method has sound precedent. Looking at the movement through one of its relatively obscure missionaries as one might use a microscope, informs us of more than otherwise visible from gazing at a metanarrative. The microhistorical methodology used here has aimed to achieve the maxim, 'less is more', as proposed by Ginzburg and others. However, the dissertation takes a middle ground approach rather than an extreme microhistorical technique by comparing the small narratives of Smithies' writings with other WM sources so that a sharpened picture of its mission might be achieved. The dissertation answers the primary question, what motivated WM missionaries? This answer is embraced within a new understanding that the pursuit of holiness influenced every missionary practice and endeavour and consequently supplies a more satisfactory insight into WM mission of this period. Although missionary work is often reviewed as one of conversion, to Methodists it was in reality the spread of holiness. Additional to the nature and pursuit of holiness were the religious experiences which fundamentally contributed to adherents' and missionaries' lives and ministries. The dissertation also shows that the usually underrated place attributed to religious experience in WM missionary endeavours formed the character of its spirituality. In that it was constitutive of its spirituality, religious experience contributed greatly to the WM holiness objective and was therefore inseparable from it. The pursuit of holiness, therefore, meant participation in religious experience. Conversely, participation in religious experience resulted in growth in holiness. Thus this thesis presents an important new understanding of WM in the nineteenth century, one which may be achieved through examining the nature, practice and outcome of its mission statement and associated religious experiences, as well as their complementarity" [taken from abstract]
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Roy, Richard
Dissertation note
Thesis (Ph.D.) -- Edith cowan University, 2006
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  • Smithies, John
  • Wesleyan Mission, Perth (W.A.)
  • Wesleyan Missionary Society
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Children, Aboriginal Australian
  • Church renewal
  • Conversion
  • Evangelistic work
  • Experience (Religion)
  • Holiness
  • Methodism
  • Mission statements
  • Pentecostalism
  • Religion and social problems
  • Sanctification
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A reappraisal of Wesleyan Methodist mission in the first half of the nineteenth century, as viewed through the ministry of the Rev John Smithies (1802-1872), Richard B. Roy, (electronic resource)
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http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/96/
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Title from electronic document (viewed 10/8/10)
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 249
Contents
Introduction; Methodist macrohistory; Holiness: the purpose of Wesleyan Mission; Religious experience: the supreme passion; Conclusion
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A reappraisal of Wesleyan Methodist mission in the first half of the nineteenth century, as viewed through the ministry of the Rev John Smithies (1802-1872), Richard B. Roy, (electronic resource)
Link
http://ro.ecu.edu.au/theses/96/
Publication
Note
Title from electronic document (viewed 10/8/10)
Bibliography note
Bibliography: p. 249
Contents
Introduction; Methodist macrohistory; Holiness: the purpose of Wesleyan Mission; Religious experience: the supreme passion; Conclusion
System details
System requirements: reader required to view pdf document

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