Stevens, Abel

Stevens, Abel,

1815–97, American clergyman, noted as the historian of MethodismMethodism,
the doctrines, polity, and worship of those Protestant Christian denominations that have developed from the movement started in England by the teaching of John Wesley.
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, b. Philadephia, studied Wesleyan Univ. He became (1834) a member of the New England Methodist Conference, and filled pastorates in Boston, Providence, and New York. His works include The History of the Religious Movement of the Eighteenth Century Called Methodism (3 vol.,1858–61), The History of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States (4 vol., 1864–67), and A Compendious History of American Methodism (1867).
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