This volume is the history of the religious revival in America in the mid to late 18th century and remains second to none in its definitive treatment of one of the most important and remarkable eras in the history of the Christian church in modern times.
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topics of persuasion; which method was sealed by the Holy Spirit in the conviction and conversion of a considerable number of persons, at various times, and in different places, in that part of the country ; as appeared by their acquaintance with experimental religion, and good conversation." Such was the character of the " Great Awakening " in its commencement, before any foreign influence was brought to mingle with it. And in many places where there was no visible movement, such as these specimens exhibit, there was a reviving of religion in secret; there was, in the pious, and especially among pastors, a sense of spiritual want; there was self-examination; there was self-abasement and mourning for discovered want of fervor and constancy in God's service ; there was prayer for pardon, and for grace to be faithful, and for the divine blessing upon faithful labors ; there was a better performance of pulpit and parochial duties, and a more teachable spirit, both in church members and others ; and in many places, there began to be instances of manifest conversion. Such was the state and such were the prospects of New England, when George Whitefield was invited to visit Boston. As he was a member and a minister of the church of England, we must inquire what influence the institutions of that church exerted upon him, and through him upon the American churches. CHAPTER III. Whitefiild In Early Life. His birth, education, and religious experience. His success as a preacher. His first visit to Georgia. His return to England, opposition, and success. Controversy with the Bishop of London. His intercourse with Watts and Doddridge. His return to America. In the " office forbaptism " prescribed by the Church of England, the priest, after the application of water to the infan...
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