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MADISON, N.J. (UMNS) — Need a last-minute gift idea for a church history buff? The third edition of the “Historical Dictionary of Methodism” is out. Earlier editions appeared in 1996 and 2005. The book costs $110 in hardback. The new edition, edited by Charles Yrigoyen Jr. and Susan E. Warrick, both former employees of United Methodist Commission on Archives and History, contains more than 500 cross-referenced entries and more than 100 new articles.
Methodism is growing, both in numbers and influence, according to the World Methodist Council there are 78 Methodist, Wesleyan, and related Uniting and United churches representing over 80 million people in more than 130 nations. There are clear reasons for its success. Among them are commitment to evangelize and nurture people with the message of God's presence, love, and direction. That includes an appreciation for, and practice of, the holistic nature of the Wesleyan tradition which involves faith nurtured in the biblical narrative, disciplined personal and communal spirituality and holy living, vibrant preaching, worship, and fellowship, and a faith which rejoices in personal and social reform.
This third edition of Historical Dictionary of Methodism presents the history of Methodism through a detailed chronology, an introductory essay, an extensive bibliography, and over 500 cross-referenced dictionary entries on important institutions and events, doctrines and activities, and especially persons who have contributed to the church and also broader society in the three centuries since it was founded. This book is an ideal access point for students, researchers, or anyone interested in the history of the Methodist Church.