John Wesley insisted that Christians might, in this lifetime, become perfect in love or intention. With this belief, the Holiness Movement was born. This book examines the movements influence as it developed in North America and swept across the globe. In keeping with the movement's own insistence that personal experience is a primary, though not exclusive, source of theological authority this volume closely examines the people who shaped and sustained the movement.
William C. Kostlevy is an Archivist and Special Collections Librarian at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY, and lecturer in history at Transylvania University, Lexington, KY. He has published articles in Methodist History, the Brethren Encyclopedia, and the Encyclopedia of New York City. He also authored Holiness Manuscripts: A Guide to Sources Documenting the Wesleyan Holiness Movement in the United States and Canada (Scarecrow, 1994).