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A Conversation on Faith & History
October 11 | 6:30pm | 45 Olive Street
Join us for an evening with Peter Choi in conversation with Scot Sherman. They will be talking about Peter’s new book, George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire, with topics ranging from religion, politics, and early evangelicalism’s entanglement in empire, to faith and spirituality during troubled times.
• 6:30-7:00pm: hors d’oeuvres
• 7:00-8:15pm: conversation
• Copies of the book will be available for purchase
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Tickets are free but required.
Peter Choi (Ph.D., Notre Dame) is director of academic programs at Newbigin House of Studies and a pastor at City Church San Francisco.
George Whitefield (1714–1770) is remembered as a spirited revivalist, a catalyst for the Great Awakening, and a founder of the evangelical movement in America. But Whitefield was also a citizen of the British Empire who used his political savvy and theological creativity to champion the cause of imperial expansion. In this religious biography of “the Grand Itinerant,” Peter Choi recounts a fascinating human story and, in the process, reexamines the Great Awakening and its relationship to a fast-growing British Empire.
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“Peter Choi shows us a George Whitefield we never knew, not just the fiery revival preacher but the pragmatic entrepreneur, a canny citizen of the British Empire. The result is a skillful and complex moral portrait of Whitefield––and a telling parable of American evangelicalism in the making.” —MARGARET BENDROTH
“A thoughtful choice for better insight into a complex figure.” —LIBRARY JOURNAL
“Widely researched and beautifully written … a feast of historical insight and spiritual wisdom.” —MARK NOLL
“George Whitefield: Evangelist for God and Empire is a deeply troubling book about a dynamic missionary … The book exemplifies the way the discipline of early American history is getting wiser and serves the best interest of society.” —CHRISTIANITY TODAY
“In this impressive debut, Choi, director of academic studies at Newbigin House of Studies, presents a bold recontextualization of the life of 18th-century English preacher George Whitefield… Pushing back against previous studies, Choi reframes Whitefield’s long residences in Georgia, stating it was not a ‘fringe’ colony, but rather a ‘crossroads of the world’ that was important to British imperial growth… The book’s accessible prose and clear signposting make this an excellent choice for a general reader, and Choi’s engagement with broader issues of 18th-century colonialism will make it an important volume for scholars of early America.” —PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)