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• MHSI Public Lecture

Date: 16/04/2015

Location: Litton Hall, Wesley House, Leeson Park, Dublin Time: 7.30 pm

Lecturer: Dr David John William McCready

Subject: Alexander Knox: His significance to the study of John Wesley and Early Methodism

Rev. Dr David McCready was born in Belfast and holds an MA in Irish History from Queen’s University Belfast. He was awarded a PhD from Trinity College Dublin for his thesis on Alexander Knox. He currently serves as rector of a small Anglican parish in Estes Park, Colorado.

Alexander Knox (1757-1831), an Anglican lay-theologian and politician, was born in Derry where his parents became members of the Methodist society. His father died when he was twelve and John Wesley became an important influence in shaping Knox’s life and his understanding of Christian faith and experience.

Even though he later emphasised his independence from Methodism, he remained supportive of Methodism and its evangelical emphasis on individual and spiritual salvation – publishing defences of Wesley against John Walker and Robert Southey. In the 1790s Knox became private secretary to Lord Castlereagh and was instrumental in ensuring the safe passage of Methodists to their Dublin Conference during the 1798 Rebellion.

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