Jessica ParrFeb 22, 2016
Inventing George Whitefield
Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon
University Press of Mississippi 2015
George Whitefield was a complex man driven by a simple idea, the new birth that brought salvation. Because of such passion, Whitefield received both enthusiastic support, preaching to audiences numbering in the thousands, and bitter criticism for violating religious doctrine or political convention. As such, Whitefield remains someone who continues to stir debate and devotion even to this day. In her fascinating new book, Inventing George Whitefield: Race, Revivalism, and the Making of a Religious Icon (University Press of Mississippi, 2015), Dr. Jessica Parr explores the life and afterlife of George Whitfield, focusing particularly on how the conflict he spurred and the veneration he received have shaped memories of him. Parr's work is fascinating and accessible, making it a good read for both the scholar of American religious history and for students in an undergraduate classroom.