American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The beliefs, worship, and system of organization of the Methodists.
- n. Emphasis on systematic procedure.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principle of acting according to a fixed or strict method; the system or practice of methodists: as, methodism in medicine, or in conduct.
- n. Specifically [capitalized] The doctrines and polity of the Methodist Church. See Methodist Church, under Methodist.
- n. The Methodist Christian denomination founded by John Wesley in 18th-century England.
- n. Any of several related movements.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Eccl.) The system of doctrines, polity, and worship, of the sect called Methodists.
- n. the religious beliefs and practices of Methodists characterized by concern with social welfare and public morals
- From method + -ism. (Wiktionary)
“Methodism; W.C. Braithwaite, _The Beginnings of Quakerism_ (1912); F.J. Snell, _Wesley and Methodism_ (1900); and T.E. Thorpe, _J.seph”
“I am sorry to say it, that though Captain Hake was a bold seaman, generous and kind-hearted, he was influenced by no religious principle; he objected to what he called Methodism on board, and so did the mate and doctor.”
“Against people whose faith tells them that not only is their faith the one and only true faith but that it is the American faith, that America is a faith-based organization, and that a group of 18th Century liberal rationalists who barely believed in a Diety and who distrusted organized religions and despised what they called Methodism by which they meant what we call Evangelicalism and wrote into the Constitution a ban against any state establishment of religion still somehow managed to create a Right Wing Christianist theocracy.”
“As the essence of Methodism is the resistance of temptation, I intend to operate within a framework of some considerable restraint.”
“It is somewhat peculiar that he should begin by making a statement about one of the most honored names in American Methodism, a statement that has been published in the papers, and that nine tenths of this body knew as well as he did.”
“-- One thing that helped to bring prominently forward the question of emancipating non-conformists from the civil disabilities under which they were placed, was the great religious movement known as Methodism, which during the latter part of the eighteenth and the beginning of the nineteenth century revolutionized the religious life of England.”
“In its earlier stages the century is filled by the party strife of Whigs and Tories, and by the religious movements known as Methodism and Deism -- two strange opposites.”
“That was the first and the last time I was ever privileged to hear him, but he left such an impression upon me that he stands out before me to-day as one of the greatest pulpit speakers in American Methodism.”
“If Methodism is Christianity in earnest, then to be devoted to Methodism is to be consecrated to Christianity.”
“Methodism, which is split into a half-score of separate organizations, though none of them is grounded on such a solid Christian basis as to justify distinctive existence, and all of them appear to be deaf to those valid reasons which common sense urges for the fraternal and actual consolidation of like religious bodies.”
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