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Negro In Methodism
			
                THE NEGRO IN METHODISM.                  407



                             III

                  THE NEGRO IN METHODISM.

     Of the many institutions established for the elevation of
the negro, none have wrought the same amount of good as
those of religious nature.
     To Christianity and its tender influences he at once be-
came a ready and ardent admirer, from his earliest history in
America to the present. In no other organization is the negro
to be found in so large numbers, nor to any other has he shown
such devotion as to the Christian Church. As to creed, the
Methodist faith, after a century's experience, seems most
adapted to his religious needs. The reasons are to be ascribed
to the principles of this system, so assimilable to a people to
whom simple, though compact, organization, backed by a faith
which, as taught by the Wesleys or "is anointed with the Holy
fire," seems necessary. Methodism has always carried the rays
of enlightenment and progress in what ever land it has gone,
and to every people embracing its tenets. For the negro, it has
proven the greatest blessing, the most wonderful uplifter. To
the brain of its best thinkers and the culture of its ripest
scholars, if to any, he is a greater debtor than to any other. Of
the fourteen families of Methodists in America, four represent
its negro following. Each of these has a different name; but in
doctrine and polity all are largely in accordwiththeparentbody.
The first in order, in numerical strength and in financial
resources, is the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, but the




			
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African Methodist Episcopal Church Review, Vol. 19, Num. 1

Negro In Methodism

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Volume:  19
Issue Number:  01
Page Number:  407
Date:  07/1902


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