Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism
Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism  -     By: Harry Stout
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Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1991 / Paperback

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An engaging, indeed compelling, narrative of the life of George Whitfield, the great 18th-century revivalist. Harry Stout makes Whitfield and the issues that concerned him - Calvinism, Methodism, and the winning of souls to Christ - come alive. This is the best kind of history book: one that brings new scholarly insight to bear while at the same time providing a story accessible enough for students or general readers.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 301
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1991
Dimensions: 5 1/4 X 8 1/2 (inches)
ISBN: 0802801544
ISBN-13: 9780802801548

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Commonly acknowledged as Anglo-America's most popular eighteenth-century preacher, George Whitefield commanded mass audiences across two continents through his personal charisma. Harry Stout draws on a number of sources, including the newspapers of Whitefield's day, to outline his subject's spectacular career as a public figure. Although Whitefield here emerges as very much a modern figures, given to shameless self-promotion and extravagant theatricality, Stout also shows that he was from first to last a Calvinist, earnest in his support of orthodox theological tenets and sincere in his concern for the spiritual welfare of the thousands to whom he preached.

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Christianity TodayNumber 1 Critics Choice for Biography and History (1992)

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  1. Steve Stanley
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    January 25, 2006
    Steve Stanley
    Harry Stout's biography of George Whitefield is a readable, informative accounting of a life that profoundly impacted the 18th century church in England and America. His ministry still informs much of global evangelical outreach today.The book explains how a lonely, but searching Anglican youth could see his theatrical giftedness tranformed into an instrument to proclaim the New Birth, to bring reform in his church and to serve as a catalyst for revival. The book shows how he became acquainted with Oxford methodists, the Wesley's, the phenomenon of "field preaching" and the mission field in America to become the power preacher of his day and America's first religious hero.The book is straighforward and full of stories. Of special interest is Whitefield's ongoing friendship with the skeptic, Benjamin Franklin.Stout's explanation of consumer religion, the importance of religious experience and insights into British and American social history are a real bonus.
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