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The Accidental Revolutionary: George Whitefield and the Creation of America

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Patriots. Founding Fathers. Revolutionaries. For many Americans, the colonial heroes deserve special celebratory reverence. Yet while Washington's leadership, Franklin's writings, and Revere's ride captivate us, the inspiration and influence George Whitefield instilled within the revolutionary spirits of early Americans is regrettably unknown.In this refreshing biography, ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Baylor University Press
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Jacob Aitken
This book is best described as a political biography. Mahaffey's argument is that Whitefield's concepts of the new birth formed the framework that would allow the colonists to secede from Great Britain. It's an interesting argument and he is correct on many particulars, but I am not convinced of its full explanatory power.

Mahaffey gives a decent account of Whitefield's early life, even implicitly criticizing the venerable Harry Stout's reading of Whitefield as simply an actor parroting religiou
Overall, a good book. Mahaffey argues that George Whitfield shaped the worldview and identity of colonial Americans, and that without his influence the Revolution would not have occurred. He makes a valid point, though perhaps overstatinghis case in a few instances. Also, I don't believe Mahaffey has a good grasp on Whitfield's theology of the new birth. Still, overall a useful volume.
Baylor University Press
"In this sparkling biography of the famed 18th century revivalist George Whitefield, Mahaffey argues that his enduring importance in American history lies in politics as much as in religion. A masterful stylist, Mahaffey brings fresh perspectives to old arguments and makes them live again in remarkably arresting ways."
--Grant Wacker, Professor of Christian History, Duke Divinity School

"The revivalist George Whitefield was the best-known person in eighteenth-century America, yet he remains almost
Tyson Guthrie
The dictum "no Whitefield, no Revolution" is a little over stated. Whitefield's influence was significant, but indirect. The Awakening birthed America, and Whitefield was central to the Awakening. The author is careful to show that Whitefield personally remained loyal to the crown and the Church of England until his death.
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