John Wesley and Marriage

John Wesley and Marriage

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qIn this book, a Methodist minister examines the sources of John Wesley's ideas about marriage and shows how those beliefs found expression in the cleric's revision of the Anglican wedding service.q qAuthor Bufford W. Coe describes the radical differences between a typical eighteenth-century wedding and a church wedding of today. He also tells the fascinating story of Wesley's romances with Sophia Hopkey and Grace Murray, based on his own private diaries, and shows how those relationships, as well as his miserably unhappy marriage, were affected by Wesley's beliefs about matrimony.q qFour days after Wesley decided he would marry at the age of forty-seven, he spoke to a group of unmarried men and encouraged them to remain single. In the matrimonial service he devised for American Methodists, Wesley eliminated the custom of the bride being given in marriage by her father, although Wesley consistently taught that Christians should not marry without the consent of their parents. Wesley strongly condemned the Roman Catholic Church for requiring celibacy of its priests, but his own rules required that Methodist preachers who married during their initial probationary period were thereby disqualified.q qIn 1784, Wesley published The Sunday Service of the Methodists in North America with Other Occasional Services. Coe studies the components of Wesley's marriage liturgy from the Sunday Service to try to determine why Wesley revised the Anglican wedding service in the way that he did.q--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights ReservedIntroduction In 1784 John Wesley published The Sunday Service of the Methodists in North America with Other Occasional Services. This was Wesleya#39;s revision of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer for the use of American Methodists in theanbsp;...

Title:John Wesley and Marriage
Author: Bufford W. Coe
Publisher:Lehigh University Press - 1996

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