“The Fiery Trial of Popularity”:George Whitefield, Field Preacher

Thomas S. Kidd

in George Whitefield

Published by Yale University Press

Published in print October 2014 | ISBN: 9780300181623
Published online January 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780300182125 | DOI:
“The Fiery Trial of Popularity”:George Whitefield, Field Preacher

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This chapter focuses on George Whitefield's evangelical work in England during the eighteenth century. It begins by tracing his missionary work in Georgia and his return to England that culminates in his rise as a sensational preacher in the entire British Atlantic world. It then looks at Whitefield's alliance with the Moravians, who met for prayer and spiritual accountability with Methodists at Fetter Lane in May 1738 and organized a love-feast at the same venue a year later. It also considers the growing popularity of the new evangelical movement across America, Wales, Scotland, England, and the Continent; the criticisms received by Whitefield for his preaching, including those from the Anglican Church; and his return to London in April 1739. The chapter concludes by turning to Whitefield's return to America.

Keywords: evangelical movement; George Whitefield; England; Moravians; Methodists; Fetter Lane; America; Anglican Church; London; preaching

Chapter.  11433 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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