Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
George WhitefieldLife, Context, and Legacy$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Geordan Hammond and David Ceri Jones

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747079

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747079.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.oxfordscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2017. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use (for details see http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/page/privacy-policy).date: 19 February 2018

Whitefield’s Personal Life and Character

Whitefield’s Personal Life and Character

Chapter:
(p.12) 1 Whitefield’s Personal Life and Character
Source:
George Whitefield
Author(s):

Boyd Stanley Schlenther

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747079.003.0002

Whitefield is known as the most ‘sensational’ preacher of the eighteenth-century Anglophone world. However, his personal life and character have received decidedly muted attention. His early years in Gloucester and student life at Oxford reveal him as highly unsettled and set the pattern for his convoluted interpersonal relationships. This comes into sharp focus with his marriage—aspects of which are astonishing—and only his wife’s death would ‘set his mind much at liberty’. Whitefield was frequently challenged by both opponents and friends over his startling degree of self-promotion, a trait which often resulted in restless reneging on professional ministerial commitments. This militated against his wider usefulness to the Methodist movement, despite his renown as preacher. Due attention is paid to his fateful role as an outspoken defender and practitioner of black slavery. Overall, the portrait that emerges from this chapter is one of a highly complex and frequently perplexing personality.

Keywords:   Methodism, ‘Holy Club’, Pembroke College, Oxford, Bethesda orphanage, slavery, Whitefield’s personality

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .