Nathan Bangs


Nathan Bangs (1778-1862), Methodist minister, itinerant preacher, theologian and editor, was a towering figure within Methodism, holding much administrative power during a period of exponential growth. Born in Stratford, Connecticut, Bangs founded the Methodist Missionary Society, edited the denominations’ most important periodicals, was President of Wesleyan University (1841-42), and wrote a four-volume history of the Methodist movement (1838-40). He helped Methodists become more participatory in American civil religion by combining Wesleyan theology with republican ideology.

For further reading see Mark A. Noll, America’s God: From Jonathan Edwards to Abraham Lincoln (Oxford, 2002). 

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