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Methodism and education

Smith, John T.


John T. Smith


William Gibson

Peter Forsaith

Martin Wellings


John Wesley once claimed that if the Methodists were not a reading people the work of grace would die out in a generation. Thirty years ago Frank Pritchard described Wesley’s pragmatism, seeing the need for the teaching of reading to enable Bible study for both preachers and congregations.1 He established both the Orphan House in Newcastle, and Kingswood school, supported the Grey Coat Charity School in Oxford in the 1720s and a school in Georgia. His sermons ‘On Obedience to Parents’ and ‘On the Education of Children’, and his ‘Thoughts on the Manner of Educating Children’ of 1783 stressed the centrality of religion in education.


Smith, J. T. (2016). Methodism and education. In W. Gibson, P. Forsaith, & M. Wellings (Eds.), The Ashgate Research Companion to World Methodism (407-430). London: Routledge.

Online Publication Date Mar 24, 2016
Publication Date Mar 23, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 19, 2014
Journal The Ashgate research companion to world Methodism
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 407-430
Series Title Routledge Methodist Studies Series
Book Title The Ashgate Research Companion to World Methodism
Chapter Number 23
ISBN 9781317040996; 9781409401384
Keywords REF 2014 submission
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