A key figure in colonial America's religious Great Awakening, George Whitefield, 1714-1770, preached to huge crowds held spellbound by his dramatic oratory. He is considered by many to have been a master at merging the sacred with the temporal, bringing his message of spiritual renewal to the marketplace. His was an agile ministry that moved outside when indoor gatherings grew perilous. Data driven, he collected and touted participation metrics to the local press.
Would Whitefield have been an early adopter of social media? Would disciples have followed his tweets in enviable numbers? Special Collections at Princeton Theological Seminary Library holds several items pertaining to Whitefield's ministry, including his hand-written journal dating 1744-1746. The Theological Commons, a digital library of 79,332 books and periodicals on theology and religion hosted by Princeton Theological Seminary Library, contains digital editions of works by and about Whitefield from several institutions.
This exhibit marks the 300th anniversary of his birth.
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