Charles Wesley and His Sermons: Newport’s Critical Edition

Charles Wesley (1707-1788) was a cofounder with his brother John of the Methodist movement within the Church of England. Historiographically playing second fiddle, he nevertheless exercised considerable influence within Methodism and over his brother during his life. However, Charles remained loyal to the Church while John moved in the direction of independence. Both brothers were ubiquitous preachers, giving thousands of sermons in churches, halls and often the open air. The Wesley’s heritage has been written about since their own era to ours and among that corpus exists critical editions of their sermons.
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John Wesley, Methodism and Staking out Mormon Doctrines

W. J. Abraham and J. E. Kirby’s The Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies gives some insight into some issues of antebellum American Methodism that play into the shaping of Mormon doctrine, in the sense that Mormonism, at its outset, felt the need to define its positions in the controversies of the day. I quote:
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