George Whitefield

America’s Spiritual Founding Father

review by Robert Strivens

Accounts of George Whitefield have to date tended to fall into one of two camps, epitomised, on the one hand, by the inspiring but somewhat hagiographical two-volume study by Arnold Dallimore and, on the other, by works arguing that Whitefield’s success was largely down to his acting skill and marketing ability. Thomas Kidd writes as both an academic historian (professor of history at Baylor University) and as an evangelical Christian.