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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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“Hearing Him Preach, Gave Me A Heart Wound”: Calvinist Preaching, Calvinist Controversy

“Hearing Him Preach, Gave Me A Heart Wound”: Calvinist Preaching, Calvinist Controversy

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(p.130) 7 “Hearing Him Preach, Gave Me A Heart Wound”: Calvinist Preaching, Calvinist Controversy
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George Whitefield
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Thomas S. Kidd

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300181623.003.0008

This chapter focuses on George Whitefield's evangelical work in America during the eighteenth century and how his preaching changed the life of many evangelicals through conversion. It begins by looking at Whitefield's visit to Yale College in October 1740, followed by his travel to New York and the attacks launched against him, including Alexander Garden's The Querists. It then considers Whitefield's emphasis on the audience's reaction to his sermons, his focus on the threat of Deism and natural reason, and his views about the Moravians' theology. It also examines Whitefield's return voyage to England, where he found the Methodists having splintered into factions devoted to Calvinism, Arminianism, and Moravianism.

Keywords:   preaching, George Whitefield, America, conversion, Alexander Garden, Deism, Moravians, England, Methodists, Calvinism

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