George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy

ISBN : 9780192846174

Geordan Hammond; David Ceri Jones
344 ページ
156 x 234 mm

George Whitefield (1714-70) was one of the best known and most widely travelled evangelical revivalist in the eighteenth century. For a time in the middle decades of the eighteenth century, Whitefield was the most famous person on both sides of the Atlantic. An Anglican clergyman, Whitefield soon transcended his denominational context as his itinerant ministry fuelled a Protestant renewal movement in Britain and the American colonies. He was one of the founders of Methodism, establishing a distinct brand of the movement with a Calvinist orientation, but also the leading itinerant and international preacher of the evangelical movement in its early phase. Called the 'Apostle of the English empire', he preached throughout the whole of the British Isles and criss-crossed the Atlantic seven times, preaching in nearly every town along the eastern seaboard of America. His own fame and popularity were such that he has been dubbed 'Anglo-America's first religious celebrity', and even one of the 'Founding Fathers of the American Revolution'. This collection offers a major reassessment of Whitefield's life, context, and legacy, bringing together a distinguished interdisciplinary team of scholars from both sides of the Atlantic. In chapters that cover historical, theological, and literary themes, many addressed for the first time, the volume suggests that Whitefield was a highly complex figure who has been much misunderstood. Highly malleable, Whitefield's persona was shaped by many audiences during his lifetime and continues to be highly contested.


List of Figures
List of Abbreviations
List of Contributors
Geordan Hammond and David Ceri Jones: Introduction
1 Boyd Stanley Schlenther: Whitefield's Personal Life and Character
2 Mark K. Olson: Whitefield's Conversion and Early Theological Formation
3 William Gibson: Whitefield and the Church of England
4 Frank Lambert: Whitefield and the Enlightenment
5 Carla Gardina Pestana: Whitefield and Empire
6 Geordan Hammond: Whitefield, John Wesley, and Revival Leadership
7 Kenneth P. Minkema: Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and Revival
8 Keith Edward Beebe and David Ceri Jones: Whitefield and the 'Celtic' Revivals
9 Brett C. McInelly: Whitefield and His Critics
10 Braxton Boren: Whitefield's Voice
11 Emma Salgard Cunha: Whitefield and Literary Affect
12 Stephen R. Berry: Whitefield and the Atlantic
13 Peter Choi: Whitefield, Georgia, and the Quest for Bethesda College
14 Mark A. Noll: Whitefield, Hymnody, and Evangelical Spirituality
15 Isabel Rivers: Whitefield's Reception in England, 1770-1839
16 Andrew Atherstone: Commemorating Whitefield in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries


Geordan Hammond is Director of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre and Senior Lecturer in Church History and Wesley Studies at Nazarene Theological College.; David Ceri Jones is a Reader in Early Modern History at Aberystwyth University.