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Finney, Charles Grandison
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(Aug 29, 1792, Warren, CT – Aug 16, 1875, Oberlin, OH) was a leading evangelist in the northern states of the USA in the time prior to the Civil War. He was also professor of theology and the president of Oberlin College. Finney was a lawyer who turned to Christ in 1821. Building on the traditions of the Great Awakening (1730s-1740s; Revival/Revival movements: II) and the Second Great Awakening Finney pioneered large-scale urban revivals. He brought the emotion of the Methodists (II, 3) and Baptists (II, 2) into northern New York's Presbyterian churches and then …

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Hambrick-Stowe, Charles E., “Finney, Charles Grandison”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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