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28 Feb 2001

Attack of the Bible-Moths

by Elesha Coffman | Issue 69

AS A COLLEGE STUDENT, Charles Wesley remarked, “Christ Church is certainly the worst place in the world to begin a reformation; a man stands a very fair chance of being laughed out of his religion at his first setting out, in a place where ‘tis scandalous to have any at all.” Yet this wealthy and well-connected Oxford college was the birthplace of the Wesleys’ new “method” of living.

Eighteenth-century Oxford should have been a good venue for religious training. It existed primarily to prepare young men for ministry in the Church of...

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