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Questions regarding Methodism, a group of historically related denominations of Protestant Christianity which derive their inspiration from the life and teachings of John Wesley.

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What is John Wesley's belief about imputation of guilt?

There are some that seem to say that he doesn't and then some seems to say that he does (p.19) so I wonder what is going on here. I understand that there are different kinds of ways to explain how ...
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What is the position of the UK Methodists on pre-marital sex?

The Guardian reports: [The UK Methodist Conference] also voted to recognise, accept, and celebrate the love and commitment of unmarried cohabiting couples. This statement is a little unclear to me, ...
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What does John Wesley mean by this phrase?

In one of his last letters to Wilberforce, John Wesley wrote in 1791: Dear Sir, Unless the divine power has raised you to be as Athanasius contra Mundum, I see not how you can go through your ...
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What compelled John Wesley to take up the cause of Abolitionism?

In 1778, John Wesley published his Thoughts upon Slavery, where he wrote: The variety of ways that slavery appears make it almost impossible to convey a just notion of it ... First in what manner are ...
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Are all Methodists "Evangelical Methodists"?

So today, I found a sign for a "Evangelical Methodist Church." In light of the recent split in the Methodist denomination, it has me wondering: are they using "Evangelical" here to say which side of ...
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UMC dividing over gay marriage?

A gay pride rainbow flag flies along with the U.S. flag in front of the Asbury United Methodist Church in Prairie Village, Kan., on April 19, 2019. United Methodist Church leaders are proposing the ...
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According to the Methodist Church, is white grape juice an acceptable alternative in communion?

A Methodist Church has changed from regular grape juice to white grape juice to keep stains from the carpet. Is this a valid Methodist traditional usage? Are there any historical sources explaining ...
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When did lay people first get a vote in the general conferences of the United Methodist Church?

In the news reports swirling around the 2019 General Conference of the United Methodist Church, something struck me as odd – there were "lay delegates" among the 800 delegates able to vote on the ...
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What is the origin of the term Prima Scriptura and the background against which it was defined?

Prima Scriptura is the doctrine that canonized scripture is "first" or "above all" other sources of divine revelation. Implicitly, this view acknowledges that, besides canonical scripture, there ...
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According to Methodism, is it possible to live without sinning?

I don't trust the idea of original sin being inherited. However, that does raise another question: If children are innocent before they are able to differentiate between good and evil, is it possible ...
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Did Baptist and Methodists ever believe that Jesus is Michael the Archangel?

I recently found references that suggest both Baptists and Methodists used to believe that Jesus and Michael the Archangel are one and the same. This surprised me because both Baptists and Methodists ...
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Is Methodism more strict in biblical interpretation? [closed]

I just wanted to know that is John Wesley and his denomination Methodism more literalist, fundamentalist and strict in their interpretation of the Holy Bible or not?
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Why does Methodism exist?

Methodism was born out of the revivals of John Wesley and George Whitfield who were both Anglicans in America. Whether or not they maintained a relationship with the Church of England, it seems like ...
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Can An Extraterrestrial Be A Christian? [closed]

In a spin-off of a law forum question ("Can an extra terrestrial be legally adopted?"), I ask: "Can an extraterrestrial be a Christian?" Like all short questions, however, it might ...
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As Christians are we called to convert people who have no Faith in anything or Faith in different religion. Baptist/Methodist

As Christians, both individually and collectively as the church, we are called to make and grow followers of Christ but when Jesus says this is he telling us to mainly target Non-religious people or ...
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What is the full meaning of Mathew 24:36-51 from a view of Methodists or Baptist

36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son,[a] but only the Father. 37 As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38 For ...
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Have any Wesleyan theologians compared Outler's Quadrilateral to PaRDeS?

In 1964, Methodist theologian Albert C. Outler outlined the Wesleyan Quadrilateral in his introduction to John Wesley's anthology of works. This establishes a hermeneutic framework in which truth, ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that John Wesley targeted the bottom third of society?

We see in society today that the bottom third of society are disenfranchied and led by loud mouths with empty promises. (Perhaps this has always been the case). My rough understanding of Wesley from ...
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What is the position of the United Methodist Church on creationism and evolution

Reverend Paul Kottke, of the United Methodist Church, has preached that Christian faith and science, including Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, are not incompatible. This seems to be in accord ...
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Is there a biblical basis for Pescetarianism?

Pescetarianism is the practice of following a diet that includes fish or other seafood, but not the flesh of other animals. (Wikipedia) Any insights would be really helpful, thanks. To specify, I'...
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Which Psalms did Wesley leave out in Sunday Service of the Methodists? and why?

John Wesley published a modified Book of Common Prayer under the name Sunday Service of the Methodists, in which he says in the preface: I believe there is no Liturgy in the world, either in ancient ...
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What is the role of a "Methodist lay pastor"?

This site makes mention of a "Methodist lay pastor." What does this person do? How is this role different from the "pastor" in the Methodist Church? What type of religious training or education does ...
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Is there any Method in Methodism that people practice?

I was going to ask, "Why are Methodists called Methodists", but that's pretty easily googleable. Apparently it's the same reason the Sioux aren't called Lakota. But, in the days since the "Holy ...
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Who was the first to describe Methodists as the "People of the Extreme Center"?

I've heard Methodists describe themselves as the "People of the Extreme Center". It gets used to mean that Methodists take the center road on a lot of issues. But I would like to know where the ...
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Do United Methodist Church members really eat ham during Easter?

Do United Methodist Church members really eat ham during Easter? I knew a classmate who was Methodist. She told me that she ate ham during Easter. Is this a Methodist church tradition? Are Methodists ...
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What is the basis for the belief by some groups that a Christian can live a sinless life?

I understand that there are some Christian groups that believe that it is possible for a Christian to live a life entirely free from sin. What is the nature of this belief and what is the basis for ...
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What was John Wesley's view on Original Sin?

John Wesley was a supporter of free will and in opposition to Calvinism which taught predestination... What was his view on Original sin since by logic the baby is predestined to sin by just being ...
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How do Methodists understand the Apostle's Creed?

In Methodist churches, I usually see the following: I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the ...
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How does the LDS doctrine of assurance compare to the Methodist doctrine of assurance?

The LDS Bible Dictionary entry on faith states that one of the effects of true faith in Christ is "an assurance of personal salvation in the world to come." How does this assurance compare to the ...
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If justification is an event, when does it happen?

Lutherans, Methodists, and Calvinists believe that justification is an event (as opposed to the Roman Catholic church and the Orthodox church who believe it is a process). If justification is an event,...
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John Wesley's influence by ancient fathers

I have been told that John Wesley read the pre-Schism fathers a lot, and was influenced by them. Is this so, and if so, to what extent and how was his doctrine influenced by them?
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