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And of course, THE United Brethren were Primtive Methodists.

Ronan, would you care to enlighten us on Primitive Methodism? I found a link giving basic information on Primitive Methodism. Sounds like they actually emerged after Regular Methodists became an identifiable body, readopting open-air preaching contemporaneous with American revivalism.

Take a look at: http://wesley.nnu.edu/wesleyan_theology/theojrnl/26-30/29-05.htm

Grant Underwood looks at the Methodist-Mormon connection. Look at note 6.

She also made a good argument for John Wesley, Edmund Burke, and Lord Shaftesbury as paradigmatic Enlightenment figures. To do so, she had to broaden the scope of the whole period from the a struggle between reason and entrenched religious and political authority, as it appears to be in France and America, to accomodate what happened in Great Britain, where political and religious reform happened in the 17th century.

This doesn't seem like a broadening at all to me, since Shaftesbury and Burke are regular fare in enlightenment studies in England, where I did my master's work in eighteenth-century literature. America was undoubtedly influenced by French enlightenment thinkers, but in doctrine actually follows the English (and Scottish) enlighteners more closely, i.e. Locke, Shaftesbury, Smith, and others. Anglo institutions and the rule of law, together with the English language and the philosophy of the English Enlightenment (which includes the economic thought of Adam Smith), have contributed to the success of the American system (as they have contributed to the success of other "children" of the English legacy, i.e. Canada, Australia, etc.). I haven't read Himmelfarb--these are just some of my perceptions from reading the original sources (Locke, Shaftesbury, Smith, Burke, as well as the French sources, Rousseau, Voltaire, Montesque, etc.) and from the spin that an Oxford education puts on these sources (i.e. the very firmly held belief of some of my professors there--shared by many European intellectuals of the eighteenth century--that the French Revolution was a horrible development and that, as one of my German lit professors there put it, the American Revolution, and not the French Revolution, was the "good child" of the Enlightenment, which, incidentally, is also what many German enlightenment thinkers, including Goethe and Schiller, thought).

Here are some suggestions for what to call this decade from the Wikipedia (http://snipurl.com/bqs8).

- "doughnuts", because of the tasty treat's zero-like shape
- "the 0-0s", usually pronounced as "the oh-ohs". This pronunciation sounds like "uh oh", an expression of dismay; this similarity is no doubt intentional.
- "the 2Ks", a term that is rooted in the slang of the times. K is shorthand for the Greek prefix kilo meaning 1000; hence, 2K means 2000. In popular culture, the years of the decade are already being named according to this slang. For example, the year 2003 is referred to as 2K3. The "2K" term probably has its popular origins in the heavily-hyped Y2K bug that began the decade.
- "the Aughts" (or "Oughts"), keeping with the practice of the twentieth century.
- "the Nillies", derived from the term "nil", meaning nothing or zero.
- "the Noughties", referring to the nought, or zero, as the decade indicator; the word-play on "naughty" is intentional.
- "the Twenty Hundreds", though this could be confused with a name for the century.
- "the zeroes",
- "the Dark Ages v2.0", in reference to the ascension of religious fanaticism in political discourse.

Another recent article on the nameless decade:

Name That Decade

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