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The 3rd quantity within the stories in Rhetoric & faith sequence, Preaching Politics strains the brilliant and lasting impact of 1 of yank history's so much attention-grabbing and enigmatic figures--George Whitefield. Jerome Mahaffey explores George Whitefield's function in making a "rhetoric of group" that effectively validated a standard worldview one of many colonial cultures. utilizing a rigorous approach to rhetorical research, Mahaffey cogently argues that George Whitefield directed the evolution of an American collective non secular identification that lay beneath the rising political ideology that fueled the yankee Revolution.

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Preaching Politics: The Religious Rhetoric of George Whitefield and the Founding of a New Nation (Studies in Rhetoric and Religion)

The 3rd quantity within the reports in Rhetoric & faith sequence, Preaching Politics lines the astounding and lasting impression of 1 of yank history's so much interesting and enigmatic figures--George Whitefield. Jerome Mahaffey explores George Whitefield's position in making a "rhetoric of group" that effectively demonstrated a standard worldview one of the colonial cultures.

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20 Harry Stout suggested that Whitefield’s dramatic abilities enabled him to play a role as a cleric to satisfy his ego, which had been displaced from the theater—a role that eventually overshadowed his persona. In Stout’s view, Whitefield was himself when in the pulpit. The private Whitefield, if there ever was one, receded as his life progressed and his pulpit character increasingly dominated his being. By the end of Whitefield’s life, Stout claimed, “The private man and the family man had long since ceased to exist.

Content to stay at Oxford for a while, he continued in these duties throughout the summer of 1736. The Wesleys had already journeyed to Georgia, and the Holy Club was suffering from attrition as other members were ordained and sent out. 36 CHAPTER TWO Through a connection with a close friend, Thomas Broughton, Whitefield was called from Oxford to temporarily fill a pulpit in the Tower of London during the absence of its regular minister. Assigning his Oxford duties to another recently ordained graduate, Whitefield traveled down to London.

Were generally spent in acts of devotion, reading . . practical books and I constantly went to public worship twice a day. Anglican piety in pre-Methodist England consisted of assent to an inherited religious orthodoxy rather than any personal sense of religious connection. Thus, Whitefield endeavored to make himself worthy of his calling in the only way he knew how, dedicating himself to every aspect of religious duty available to him. Yet this performance of duty did not resolve his inner tension or settle his sense of identity.

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