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By James L. Schwenk

the connection among John Wesley and George Whitefield has usually been seen as being affected by irreconcilable theological modifications. in reality, for a number of years, the connection among those leaders of the revival of the Christian religion in eighteenth-century England used to be strained nearly to the brink. Whitefield, a Calvinist, believed that every person who ever lived used to be both destined for the glories of heaven or the horrors of hell as a result of an irrevocable decree of God. Wesley nonetheless argued that every individual has positioned sooner than them recommendations: both to just accept God's forgiveness or to reject it in desire of following one's personal means.

Most books long ago have thinking about those John Wesley's and George Whitefield's variations, yet what has been neglected is the lasting friendship among those males, which, after a short interval of separation, used to be restored for the sake of the continuation of the revival flow on continents. Catholic Spirit: Wesley, Whitefield, and the search for Evangelical cohesion in Eighteenth-Century British Methodism makes a speciality of the main issues upon which either males agreed. It stresses the commonalties among the 2 leaders of British Methodism and illustrates the nice lengths either went to so one can additional the revival of the Christian faith in England and North the United States. either Wesley and Whitefield declare to own "Catholic spirits," that's, they either believed the significance of operating with different like-minded contributors to unfold the message of salvation via Christ. writer James Schwenk argues that they have been winning in selling that spirit of cooperation, at the same time a few of their fans did not know the way not easy they labored at making "molehills out of mountains."

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