Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon (Paperback)Jessica M. Parr (author)
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Parr draws from Whitefield's writing and sermons and from newspapers, pamphlets, and other sources to understand Whitefield's career and times. She offers new insights into revivalism, print culture, transatlantic cultural influences, and the relationship between religious thought and slavery. Whitefield became a religious icon shaped in the complexities of revivalism, the contest over religious toleration, and the conflicting role of Christianity for enslaved people. Proslavery Christians used Christianity as a form of social control for slaves, whereas evangelical Christianity's emphasis on ""freedom in the eyes of God"" suggested a path to political freedom. Parr reveals how Whitefield's death marked the start of a complex legacy that in many ways rendered him more powerful and influential after his death than during his long career.
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Number of pages: 232
Weight: 313 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
"Jessica M. Parr's well-written and well-researched Inventing George Whitefield takes a unique and compelling angle by not only describing who Whitefield was and what he did but also by explaining how he became so profoundly symbolic in the broader Atlantic world."
--Samuel C. Smith, Journal of American History, June 2016 (Vol. 103, no. 1)
"Readers interested in transatlantic revivalism or slavery and Christianity will find much to think about after reading this book. It is a useful and engaging addition to the literature on the Great Awakening and Whitefield."
--Emily Conroy-Krutz (Michigan State University), H-AmRel, H-Net Reviews, July 2016
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