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n : english clergyman and founder of methodism (1703-1791) [syn: wesley, john wesley]
1. English clergyman and founder of Methodism (1703-1791)
(hypernym) clergyman, reverend, man of the cloth
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John Wesley (, ; – 2 March 1791) was an Anglican cleric and Christian theologian. Wesley is largely credited, along with his brother Charles Wesley, as founding the Methodist movement which began when he took to open-air preaching in a similar manner to George Whitefield. In contrast to Whitefield's Calvinism, Wesley embraced the Arminian doctrines that were dominant in the 18th-century Church of England. Methodism in both forms became a highly successful evangelical movement in Britain and later in the United States. His work also helped lead to the development of the Holiness movement and Pentecostalism.
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