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The Divine Dramatist: George Whitefield and the Rise of Modern Evangelicalism (Library of Religious Biography Series) [Paperback]

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Pages   325
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.84" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.78"
Weight:   0.85 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 1991
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
ISBN  0802801544  
EAN  9780802801548  


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Commonly acknowledged as Anglo-America's most popular eighteenth-century preacher, George Whitefield commanded mass audiences across two continents through his personal charisma. Harry Stout draws on a number of sources, including the newspapers of Whitefield's day, to outline his subject's spectacular career as a public figure. Although Whitefield here emerges as very much a modern figures, given to shameless self-promotion and extravagant theatricality, Stout also shows that he was from first to last a Calvinist, earnest in his support of orthodox theological tenets and sincere in his concern for the spiritual welfare of the thousands to whom he preached.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Harry S. Stout is the Jonathan Edwards Professor of American Religious History at Yale University and general editor of the Works of Jonathan Edwards and director of the Jonathan Edwards Center.

Harry S. Stout currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Harry S. Stout has an academic affiliation as follows - Yale University both at Yale University Yale University both at Yale U.

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High Drama  Feb 12, 2006
"The Divine Dramatist" turns the life of a theologian into something not only readable, but fascinating. It turns out that Whitefield was the catalyst behind the most major movement in American history. It reads like a novel, but is very informative. Anyone interested in this subject matter must read it.
 
Whitefield as Actor and Promoter  Jun 25, 2000
Harry Stout does a marvelous job with the difficult task of assessing George Whitefield's career with respect to his skills as a dramatist and promoter. Before reading this book I was very skeptical of the often undue emphasis historians in recent years have attempted to place on style rather than content to revivalists' preaching. But I found Stout's arguement to be very convincing. This is a very helpful volume for anyone interested in George Whitefield, the Great Awakening, or American religion.
 
A not very historical account  May 21, 2000
Adding to the previous negative reviews, how can one take seriously a book which, on page 2, cannot even get the location of Whitefield's birth correct? Stout makes him a son of Bristol instead of a son of Gloucester (35 miles to the north). If he makes such a mistake this early what confidence can one have in the rest of the book?
 
wonderful  Jan 4, 2000
What a great book! Stout is a wonderful historian and it shows
 
A mean spirited, tiresome rant.  Aug 12, 1998
This volume came warmly recommended by Mark Noll in "The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind", but turns out to be not so much an autobiography as a mean spirited diatribe about how George Whitefield was a Bad Guy. Beyond the pedestrian failures of not adequately representing Whitefield's theology, this book fails to report his theology altogether. As I read, I thought time and again of those murky Sunday School classes where the Higher Critic of a teacher, having no life with God, labors to remove all the miraculous from the story of Moses and the Red Sea (although I continue to marvel at how God drowned the Egyptians in 18" of water). And I discovered from this book that George Whitefield was invariably insecure, self-adoring, tricky, a hypocrite, sneaky, effeminate, a cheat, self righteous, and well, you get the idea. One wonders if the author could use a little sermon on charity from his subject. But the greatest failure of this little book is its missing what invariable makes biographies of godly persons so readable: not so much the life of the person, but the life of God lived through the person. On this count, the book fails entirely. Save your money.
 

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