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Pulling the Devil's Kingdom DownThe Salvation Army in Victorian Britain$
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Pamela Walker

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520225916

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520225916.001.0001

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The Roots of the Salvation Army

The Roots of the Salvation Army

The Booths, Methodism, and Female Ministry

(p.8) One The Roots of the Salvation Army
Pulling the Devil's Kingdom Down

Pamela J. Walker

University of California Press

The Booths's commitment to Methodism and their disenchantment with its rules and restrictions shaped the theology and practice of the Christian Mission and the Salvation Army. Their encounter with revivalism and holiness theology influenced how they evangelized. Among the most significant and groundbreaking features of the Salvation Army was the unusual prominence and authority of women. Catherine Booth was the decisive intellectual and practical influence on these unique status Salvationist women. She exemplified a new model of Christian womanhood, articulating a new approach to female ministry and creating an influential career as an evangelist. As well as formulating the Salvation Army's egalitarian policies, she served as an inspiration to thousands of young women who preached under the aegis of the organization. The Salvation Army's history must begin with the religious culture, theological concerns, and individual lives of William and Catherine Booth.

Keywords:   Methodism, theology, Christian Mission, Salvation Army, revivalism, Catherine Booth, female ministry, William Booth

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