The Wesleyan Revival swept England in the 18th century and brought the message of salvation by faith. Englishmen began returning to church and the Bible, inspired by George Whitefield and John and Charles Wesley. Along with other accomplishments, the revival brought a new importance to work, teaching that it should be done for the glory of God.
The Wesleyan Revival was one of the causes of the Industrial Revolution, as it inspired farmers with a work ethic to use their land more efficiently and develop better tools. With a strong, agricultural base of support and plenty of capital, England was able to expand into manufacturing.