Etymology of Methodism and the Methodist Church

The Methodist movement at the behest of Christianity, to which more than 90 million people around the world belong, was established in 1729 at the English University of Oxford by a group led by the brothers and theologians John (1703-1791) and Charles (1707-1788) Wesley, who previously met and discussed it in the so-called Holy Club.

The fundamental premises which still stand to this date, correspond to a life that expresses itself ethically and morally before the order and procedure imparted by the Bible, serving as a foundation to awaken thoughts about new variants of Christianity, even within the Methodist Church itself.

Linguistically, the term Methodism is given by “method”, composed by meta, understanding the means toward reaching an end, having reference in the Indo-European *me-, in allusion to the location of something that is in the middle, and hodos, interpreted as a path in the direction of an objective, while the suffix -ism serves to indicate a doctrine or way of thinking.

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