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A Protestant denomination founded by the English clergyman John Wesley and his brother Charles Wesley in the eighteenth century. Methodists are generally flexible in doctrine and in church organization, and stress the social responsibility of Christians (see also Christian). Next to the Baptists, Methodists are the most numerous group of Protestants in the United States.

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