This semester I am looking forward to an independent study with Dr. Ted Campbell in the history of American Methodism. My first assignment is to come up with a proposed reading list for the semester. Here is what I have so far:
Methodism and the Shaping of American CultureNathan Hatch and John Wigger, eds.
Perspectives on American Methodism: Interpretive EssaysRichey, Rowe, and Schmidt, eds.
The Methodist Conference in America (Kingswood Series)Russell E. Richey
The Story of American Methodism: A History of the United Methodists and Their RelationsFrederick Norwood
Taking Heaven by Storm: Methodism and the Rise of Popular Christianity in AmericaJohn H. Wigger
Early Methodist Life and SpiritualityLester Ruth
A Little Heaven Below: Worship at Early Methodist Quarterly MeetingsLester Ruth
The Methodists and Revolutionary America, 1760-1800: The Shaping of an Evangelical CultureDee E. Andrews
Methodism: Empire of the SpiritDavid Hempton
The Methodist Experience in America: A SourcebookRichey, Rowe, and Schmidt
Other than the source book above, I will also be adding several primary source readings:
A Compendious History of American Methodism Abel Stevens
Doctrine and Discipline the one that is annotated by Asbury and Coke
Selections from The Journal and Letters of Francis Asbury
The Sunday Service
This should be a great class!
Looks like a solid list! In my Methodist history class, we used the Lester Ruth and Hempton books you listed. We also read The Methodists (Student ed.) by Kirby, Richey, and Rowe, which covered the episcopacy, conference, and members. I think that the conference section is very similar, and perhaps and abridged form of Richey’s work that you’ll be reading. Good luck getting through all that in a semester!
Great list. I look forward to more updates as you get going.
Kevin Watson said:
Brandon – Did you read both of the Ruth books? Either way, it sounds like you read some great books in Methodism History. Thanks for the good wishes on getting through all of this in one semester… after I added seven more books to the list, I will certainly need it!
Gary – Thanks!