Green’s “The Life and Ministry of William Booth”


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Essay #: 068581
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The Life and Ministry of William Booth
William Booth was the founder and first General of the Salvation Army. A number of biographies and histories on William Booth have been written over the years so there is little that has not been said. That is what makes The Life and Ministry of William Booth by Roger J. Green a questionable endeavor. Green himself is keenly aware of this problem and states, “And so it is fair to ask how this particular biography adds to our understanding of William Booth”(Green 1).
What Green suggests is that he brings two important elements to this biography. Both of these elements involve a detailed theological examination of Booth. The first is an understanding of William Booth within the context of the Methodist...
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.....William Booth. Since so much has been written on William Booth this is quite the achievement.
The problem is that the argument itself is poorly constructed and does not hold up under scrutiny. The major problem is that the scope of the argument is too narrow. Methodism was obviously a factor in the development of Booth’s theological philosophy but, it was not the only one. In fact, it can be argued that it is not even the most important factor. Poverty early in life and into adulthood appeared to be a much more important factor in Booth’s theological position. This is a better explanation for why Booth ultimately created the Salvation Army.
Works Cited
Green, Roger J., The Life and Ministry of William Booth,
Abingdon Press, Nashville, 2005.