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George WhitefieldAmerica's Spiritual Founding Father$
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Thomas S. Kidd

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300181623

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300181623.001.0001

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George Whitefield

Thomas S. Kidd

Yale University Press

This book presents a biography of George Whitefield that depicts him as the key figure in the first generation of Anglo-American evangelical Christianity. It examines the role played by Whitefield, together with other evangelical pastors and laypeople, in establishing a new interdenominational religious movement in the eighteenth century. It also looks at their commitement to the gospel of conversion as well as the preaching of revival across Europe and America. The book places Whitefield fully in the dynamic, fractious milieu of this early evangelical movement, while also revealing his obvious failings as a man and minister—including his advocacy of slavery and personal ownership of slaves.

Keywords:   biography, George Whitefield, Christianity, evangelical movement, conversion, revival, Europe, America, slavery, slaves

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