By John Kent
John Kent is better identified for his research of nineteenth-century British revivalism, conserving THE citadel. during this dependent, concise examine, he is taking at the historiography of the past due eighteenth century's so-called evangelical awakening. Kent's argument, placed easily, is, first, that if the Methodists hadn't seized the day, another workforce could; and moment, that almost all of the awakening's results were vastly exaggerated. For Kent, Methodism represents an try and generate an instantaneous and emotional religious event, the will for which lies on the middle of all religions. Methodism's good fortune lay in its skill to supply precisely the type of event wanted, and never in its theological info. certainly, Kent is sympathetic to these Anglicans who critiqued Methodism, suggesting that faraway from being conservative bigots, they typically had some extent. Kent's angle to Wesley himself is respectful yet hardly ever hagiographical. different historians of English faith and politics do not constantly fare so good; such a lot significantly, Kent provides numerous brisk slaps to Jonathan Clark, in addition to to an unnamed Eamon Duffy, with the unusually pleased acidity so certain to English educational prose.
The argument's brevity will doubtless elevate extra questions than it purports to reply to. The proofreading may well, might be, have used a section extra paintings; i believe that the historian G. J. Barker-Benfield can be a little startled to find his transformation from male to woman. total, even though, this is often an engagingly pugnacious old day out, of curiosity to all experts within the heritage of evangelicalism, Methodism, and the Church of britain.