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The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion: A Sect in Action in Eighteenth-Century England

by Harding, Alan

Oxford University Press 2003

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The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion: A Sect in Action in Eighteenth-Century England
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Overview

This is the first detailed study of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, an important group in early Methodism. Alan Harding explores how the Connexion developed locally, the identity of its preachers and their training, the religious and social origins of those who joined its congregations, and the relationship between central direction and local initiative. The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion: A Sect in Action in Eighteenth-Century England examines the Connexion’s attitudes toward the Church of England as well as the group’s significant contribution to the eighteenth-century Rational Dissent movement. Harding considers the Connexion’s relationship with other sections of the Revival, and reflects on the doctrinal issues that divided it from Weleyan Methodism.

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Key Features

  • Examines the non-Wesleyan elements in early Methodism
  • Offers general insight into religious activity in late-eighteenth-century England

Contents

  • The Eighteenth-Century Religious Background
  • Selina, Countess of Huntingdon: Early Life and the Start of the Connexion
  • The Life of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion
  • Trevecca College
  • Doctrines and Divisions
  • The Connexion, the Church of England, and Dissent
  • The Connexion in the Last Years of Lady Huntingdon’s Life

Praise for the Print Edition

This solidly researched book does much to fill in the gap in knowledge of the ‘other Methodism’ in the eighteenth century and how it functioned on the ground. It represents the work of hundreds of hours of painstaking research in archives, reconstructing the story of the Connexion from the bottom up.

American Historical Review

Product Details

  • Title: The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion: A Sect in Action in Eighteenth-Century England
  • Author: Alan Harding
  • Series: Oxford Theological Monographs
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication Date: 2003
  • Pages: 432

About Alan Harding

Alan Harding is a parish priest in Hertfordshire and was formerly a member of the Senior Civil Service.

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