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New book on George Whitefield launched at NTC, Manchester

News — 27th June 2016

George Whitefield: Life, Context, and Legacy, edited by Dr. Geordan Hammond and Dr. David Ceri Jones, was featured in a book launch event at Nazarene Theological College, Manchester.

 

The book was published by Oxford University Press in May 2016, and features 16 chapters gleaned from a total of over 40 that were presented at a Whitefield conference in 2014 for the 300th anniversary marking the birth of the popular English preacher. Hammond Book

The celebration on June 11th was observed by a roomful of PhD students, and faculty from NTC, Manchester, as well as other Nazarene institutions of higher education ranging from the UK, Australia, the United States and Canada. Dr. Stephen Wright, a lecturer at NTC, Manchester, presented reflections on the book and on the person of Whitefield revealed in the book.

“If we are truly interested in people, we want to try to see them for what they are and that is part of what this book achieves,” Wright said. “This is a well-crafted volume. In fact, for an edited multi-author work, it exhibits an unusually smooth structure. The essays flow easily from one to the next to form a coherent whole, and together add up to a very captivating picture of Whitefield. This kalaidoscopic Whitefield is more complex and far more compelling than the one of his own construction.”

Dr Geordan Hammond, who helped to organise the 2014 conference, is currently involved in a research project with Dr David Ceri Jones to collect and annotate a complete edition of Whitefield’s known letters. It covers new territory in Whitefield’s life, theology and even self-criticism.

“Like many great historical figures, Whitefield is a complex and fascinating person,” Hammond said. “The authors in the book draw on their extensive research into various aspects of Whitefield’s life and context with the aim of shedding new light on his character and central role in the 18th century transatlantic Evangelical Revival.”

This kalaidoscopic Whitefield is more complex and far more compelling than the one of his own construction.

With chapters such as “Whitefield’s Personal Life and Character,” and “Whitefield and His Critics,” the book provides “new and fresh research,” Hammond added. He expects that people from a wide variety of disciplines will find something useful or intriguing, whether readers are pastors in parish ministry, historians interested in the figure of Whitefield, or theologians seeking insights into theology of this 18th century leader of the Evangelical Revival.

To receive a 30% discount on the book, visit the website of the Manchester Wesley Research Centre, at www.mwrc.ac.uk/hammond