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, Jerome Dean
Mahaffey deftly moves beyond Whitefield's colonial celebrity to
show how his rhetoric and ministry worked for freedom, situating
Whitefield alongside the most revolutionary founders. As this
Anglican revivalist traveled among the colonies, he delivered
exhilarating sermons deeply saturated with political
implications--freedom from oppression, civil justice, communal
cooperation. Whitefield helped to encourage in his listeners a
longing for a new, uniquely American nationalism.The Accidental
Revolutionary tells the story of this forgotten founder, who may
not have realized the repercussions of his words as he spoke them.
Now, Mahaffey delicately shows that Whitefield converted colonists
not just to Christianity but to a renewed sense of unification that
ultimately made possible the American Revolution.
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