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The accidental revolutionary : George Whitefield and the creation of America /
Jerome Dean Mahaffey.
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Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, 2011.
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xii, 202 p.
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9781602583917 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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imprint
Waco, Tex. : Baylor University Press, 2011.
isbn
9781602583917 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Beginnings -- Launching the ministry -- A new birth of freedom -- A revolutionary message -- Controversy : "I'm just getting started" -- Bishop bashing -- New England : overthrow or unify? -- Between two extremes -- Good king, bad king -- Church and state -- France, Rome, and Hell -- Reprisal from the Church of England -- The deep laid plot -- Preaching himself to death -- Whitefield's legacy -- A political man.
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7780782
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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A compelling tale of a forgotten truth: no Whitefield, no revolution
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"Mahaffey shows how Whitefield's bold challenge to settled religious doctrines and hierarchies helped coax the colonies in the direction of independence." -- Christianity Today (Oct. 2011)
"Mahaffey points out that Whitefield's preaching provided the template for a new way of viewing the world and for Americans to view themselves. ... Students of American history and students of the preaching art will benefit from this book." -- The Baptist Standard
"Mahaffey points out that Whitefield's preaching provided the template for a new way of viewing the world and for Americans to view themselves. ... Students of American history and students of the preaching art will benefit from this book." --The Baptist Standard
"The revivalist George Whitefield was the best-known person in eighteenth-century America, yet he remains almost forgotten among Americans today. Mahaffey offers a readable and revealing introduction to the life of this brilliant preacher and friend of American liberty." --Thomas S. Kidd, Associate Professor of History, Baylor University, and author of God of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution
"In this sparkling biography of the famed 18th century revivalist George Whitefield, Mahaffey argues that his enduring importance in American history lies in politics as much as in religion. A masterful stylist, Mahaffey brings fresh perspectives to old arguments and makes them live again in remarkably arresting ways." --Grant Wacker, Professor of Christian History, Duke Divinity School
"Mahaffey has put all students and scholars of the 18th-century transatlantic revivals--events that so hugely shaped both the British and the emerging American cultures--in his debt with this incisive and compelling work. His research will help all who seek to better understand this critically important period by providing new insights into the seminal importance of the too often neglected figure of George Whitefield." --Richard Land, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, Southern Baptist Convention
"The revivalist George Whitefield was the best-known person in eighteenth-century America, yet he remains almost forgotten among Americans today. Mahaffey offers a readable and revealing introduction to the life of this brilliant preacher and friend of American liberty." Thomas S. Kidd, Associate Professor of History, Baylor University, and author ofGod of Liberty: A Religious History of the American Revolution
"Mahaffey shows how Whitefield's bold challenge to settled religious doctrines and hierarchies helped coax the colonies in the direction of independence." --Christianity Today(Oct. 2011)
"Mahaffey has written an insightful rhetorical genealogy showing how the interplay of religious and political themes of the Great Awakening fostered the birth of a distinctively American republican identity." --John Angus Campbell, Professor Emeritus, Department of Communication, University of Memphis
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Patriots. Founding Fathers. Revolutionaries. For many Americans, the colonial heroes deserve special celebratory reverence. Yet while Washington's leadership, Franklin's writings, and Revere's ride captivate us, the inspiration and influence George Whitefield instilled within the revolutionary spirits of early Americans is regrettably unknown. In this refreshing biography, Jerome Dean Mahaffey deftly moves beyond Whitefield's colonial celebrity to show how his rhetoric and ministry worked for freedom, situating Whitefield alongside the most revolutionary founders. As this Anglican revivalist traveled among the colonies, he delivered exhilarating sermons deeply saturated with political implicationsfreedom from oppression, civil justice, communal cooperation. Whitefield helped to encourage in his listeners a longing for a new, uniquely American nationalism. The Accidental Revolutionarytells the story of this forgotten founder, who may not have realized the repercussions of his words as he spoke them. Now, Mahaffey delicately shows that Whitefield converted colonists not just to Christianity but to a renewed sense of unification that ultimately made possible the American Revolution.
Main Description
Patriots. Founding Fathers. Revolutionaries. For many Americans, the colonial heroes deserve special celebratory reverence. Yet while Washington's leadership, Franklin's writings, and Revere's ride captivate us, the inspiration and influence George Whitefield instilled within the revolutionary spirits of early Americans is regrettably unknown. In this refreshing biography, Jerome Dean Mahaffey deftly moves beyond Whitefield's colonial celebrity to show how his rhetoric and ministry worked for freedom, situating Whitefield alongside the most revolutionary founders. As this Anglican revivalist travelled among the colonies, he delivered exhilarating sermons deeply saturated with political implications, freedom from oppression, civil justice, communal co-operation. Whitefield helped to encourage in his listeners a longing for a new, uniquely American nationalism. This book tells the story of this forgotten founder, who may not have realised the repercussions of his words as he spoke them. Now, Mahaffey delicately shows that Whitefield converted colonists not just to Christianity but to a renewed sense of unification that ultimately made possible the American Revolution.
Bowker Data Service Summary
In this biography, Jerome Dean Mahaffey deftly moves beyond George Whitefield's colonial celebrity to show how his rhetoric and ministry worked for freedom, situating Whitefield alongside the most revolutionary founders.
Table of Contents
Beginnings
Launching the Ministry
A New Birth of Freedom
A Revolutionary Message
Controversy: "I'm just getting started"
Bishop Bashing
New England: Overthrow or Unify?
Between Two Extremes
Good King, Bad King
Church & State
France, Rome, & Hell
Reprisal from the Church of England
The Deep Laid Plot
Preaching Himself to Death
Whitefield's Legacy
Political Man
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