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How does Methodism alter the landscape?

Discussion in 'Christian Newbies' started by Nrkraye, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Nrkraye

    Nrkraye New Member

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    Hi, I'm new here, I was wondering how methodism alters the environment geographically. An obvious answer is Methodist Churches, but are there any other ways? Thank you so much for any help, it is appreciated.
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    Welcome here ... however, someone else would have to help you on this.
     
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    Methodism embraced Missions, and you might seek an answer there, Puerto Rico comes to mind
    The colonial gospel in Puerto Rico
     
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    Hello. I am not quite sure what you mean by 'the environment geographically'. Methodism has certainly played a role in forming today what we call Western Civilization. But so did all other branches of Christianity.

    Methodism was instrumental in the revivals of the 18th century, in England and America. as were other branches also. As a result many people were saved. Many believe that these revivals, of mostly the lower and middle class people, were why England did not experience a revolution such as France did. But, as I said, many branches of Christianity were involved, not just Methodism.

    I don't think this helps your question, but I am unclear as to what you exactly are after.

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  5. bbyrd009

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    the land dispossession of the Californios is another fairly drastic one, not sure how Methodism ties in there tho
    Chautauquas around the Great Lakes are Methodist, and alter the landscape fairly radically, not too many of them left though
    The one in Port Clinton is a fab little example of creating class division
     
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    Thank you so much for your response, Stranger! You did help my question a lot, in addition to that, could you go more in detail about how Methodism has played a role in forming "Western Civilization"? What key elements of Methodism did this and how?

    Thank you again!
    Natalie ;p
     
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    You're quite welcome. It is Christianity that formed Western Civilization. Methodism, as other branches, preached the Gospel, sent out missionaries, and established churches. Methodism can be traced back as a result of the Reformation. The Reformation is the result of the Roman Church. The Roman Church is the result of the early church spoken of in the Bible. The early church went to Europe with the Gospel due to the leading of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 16:6-10) This is why Western Civilization is 'Christian'.

    So, Methodists simply played their part as Christians in bringing the Gospel to the lost. They would have an affect in England and the United States. The founders were John and Charles Wesley. They emphasized holiness as described in the Bible. They were much involved in the revivals of the 18th century. Methodists in the beginning were a reaction to the problems of the Anglican Church. Methodists insisted on a return to the Bible and the need to be born-again at a time when many ministers were not born-again.

    So, all countries who are products of Western Civilization, such as England and the U.S are so because God wanted them to be. And Methodists, as Christians, played their role in so doing. One would need to examine also how Western Civilization has contributed to God's work on the earth.

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    or at least detracted from it, yes, so that grace might abound the more.

    but then once you accept Manifest Destiny as being "from God," you are pretty much free to give your neighbor smallpox infected blankets, i guess, huh
     
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    read an interesting piece last night on how Methodists were instrumental in changing the landscape, via the trees they planted wherever they missionized. Of course uprooting native trees is intrinsic to this concept, so i didn't figure you would be too interested, but i can go and dig it up if you like
     
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    I'm sorry I replied so late, thank you for replying. If you have the time can you dig it up? Thanks a bunch!!
     
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    um, man, that was quite a few days ago now; i can still try, i guess. But i warn you fwiw that i do not view Methodism or Missions, (or Manifest Destiny), as good things, ok. And your prof is looking for the party line there, and my observations would just get you in trouble. Prolly better to just google the relevant terms "methodist, missions, trees" to get your own, more...socially acceptable refs ok. Methodism was also a force in creating neighborhoods, "exclusive" being inferred, by which i don't mean exclusive neighborhoods per se, but the tendency for even "black" neighborhoods to be exclusive, and i'm sure Methodism was instrumental in changing the economic landscape as well, dunno if that is outside your scope though. got some hits @ "methodist correlation to keynesian economics."
     
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    Dig exactly what up? How Western Civilization has contributed to God's work on earth?

    I feel like I am doing your homework. Interaction is important on a forum. I would say just google the question and work from there.

    Stranger
     
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    ha, funny to me how we characterize a "Fall" in Scripture that no one can quote, and we characterize Western Civilization as "contributing to God's work" lol.

    but hey, we're going to Mars now, right?


    narf
     
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    ah, that's true, I guess I was only looking at the bright sides of methodism while I should be looking at the positive and negatives. Thanks for all the replies :)
     
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