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Hugh Price Hughes, hailed by some as a second Wesley and by David Lloyd George as the greatest Welshman of his generation, was the most influential Methodist leader of his time. This scholarly biography discusses his significance as the primary inspiration of the 'Forward Movement', which sought to redirect Wesleyan Methodist theology towards the salvation of society as well as of individuals.
The author, who is thoroughly familiar with recent writing on late nineteenth-century British Nonconformity, traces Hugh Price Hughes's career from his childhood in Wales and his conversion at the age of thirteen to his presidency of the Council of Evangelical Free Churches and the Wesleyan Methodist Church, analysing the origins and development of his ideas and his innovative methods of putting them into practice.
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Christopher Oldstone-Moore is Assistant Professor of History at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, U.S.AReview:
“ . . . a judicious and penetrating work that will form an essential basis for any future understanding of Hugh Price Hughes, Methodism, or the social gospel in England.” –Journal of Religious History(Journal of Religious History)
“The man and his activities are well displayed in this full and lively volume . . . its fluent prose and plentiful detail and quotation make it an indispensable contribution to the study of British religion and society in the last three decades of the nineteenth century.” –Journal of Ecclesiastical History(Journal of Ecclesiastical History)
“. . . very readable and stimulating study . . .This biography will certainly not be the last word on Hugh Price Hughes, but especially in its illumination of the theological and intellectual roots of Hughes’ activism, it is a notable achievement and deserves to stimulate further research into the relationship between religion and politics in late Victorian England.” –Social History Bulletin(Social History Bulletin)
“ . . . a refreshingly comprehensive and rounded treatment of the energetic and somewhat turbulent public life and career of one of the greatest preachers and social reformers of the second half of the nineteenth century.” –Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society(Proceedings of the Wesley Historical Society)
“ . . . well written, thoroughly researched book . . .” –Methodist Recorder(Methodist Recorder)
“. . . a lively and scholarly biography. . .” –The Expository Times(The Expository Times)
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Book Description University of Wales Press, 1999. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0708314686