Book Review

Wesley's Partisans

Methodism and Politics in the Twentieth Century
by Mark Tooley
Bristol House, 2012
(406 pages, $27.95, hardcover)
reviewed by Robert Benne

Anyone who has ever wondered why Methodists at the elite level—agencies, boards, bishops—seem to have addressed every political question under the sun will benefit from reading this book. In it, Mark Tooley, president of the Institute for Religion and Democracy and a prolific journalist, tells the story of the social witness in the twentieth century of what was once called "America's church." According to Tooley, Methodism's "history of political involvement over the last century forms an essential and largely overlooked part of American history. Understanding America may be impossible without understanding the central role of Methodism in . . .

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