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This article discusses how Methodism's roots in the Great Awakening dovetailed with great consequence with other contemporary historical movements to set the long-term course of Christianity's rise in its current post-Western phase. Evangelical awakening in the eighteenth century coalesced with anti-slavery and other social movements, causing a profound shift in moral sentiments and igniting a Transatlantic campaign against the slave trade. Methodist teaching gave a role for former slaves and ex-captives to assume control of the direction of their lives and to lead others in the cause. Nothing of that order had existed in any branch of Christianity before, certainly not on the same scale.
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