George whitefield and his impactsPresentation Transcript
George Whitefield and his Impacts History 140 Professor Arguello
He was a young Anglican minister who developed an evangelical style that was at odds with the dominant rationalism of the Church of England. He was one of the founders of Methodism and the evangelical movement. He became one of the most widely recognized public figure in colonial America because he traveled through the colonies.
A Faithful Narrative of the Surprizing Work of God by Jonathan Edwards provided models of preaching and conversion that could guide revivals. This inspired Whitefield ,which led him to seek out poor people that were ignored by Anglicans. Whitefield was known for preaching in streets, fields and parks. It was clear God inspired his preachings because people would have outbursts of emotion when he would preach to his audiences.
Whitefield traveled across the Atlantic to evangelize audiences and raise money for an orphanage in Georgia. Whitefield and Benjamin Franklin joined together and benefited from each other. Franklins printing business increased because Whitefield caused him to sell more newspapers by publishing his sermons and journals. The number of colonials imprints increased by 85 percent , mostly because of Whitefield.
By 1745, 80,000 copies of Whitefields publications were made by American printers. Whitefield was very popular from Georgia to Maine, but not in the southern colonies because Anglicans distrusted his emotional preaching. He was the most popular in New England colonies where audience were more literate and newspapers were abundant.