Hymns of Methodism in their Literary Relations
by Henry Bett
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Bett takes on a daunting task with The Hymns of Methodism in their Literary
Relations. He seeks to investigate the theological and literary influences of John
Wesley, founder of the Methodist Church, and his brother Charles, who wrote hundreds
of well-known hymns. First, Bett explores how Scripture directly influenced the Wesley
brothers. Then, he looks for traces of ideas borrowed from the early church Fathers, the
Christian mystics, and the liturgies of the church through the ages. Betts seeks out the
brothers’ literary influences in the writings of their 18th century contemporaries, as well
as literary classics of the previous centuries. The Hymns of Methodism offers a
rare insight into the minds and times of John and Charles Wesley, the cornerstones of one
of the most influential Christian denominations of the past 200 years.