Charles Grandison Finney: Recommended Resources

Whitney R Cross, The Burned-over District , Cornell Univ Press, Ithaca NY, 1950. All about the upstate NY area and its revivals.

Keith J Hardman, Charles Grandison Finney, 1792–1875, Revivalist and Reformer, Syracusr Univ Press, 1987. The most recent thorough biography of Finney.

George Frederick Wright, Charles Grandison Finney, Houghton-Mifflin Co, Boston, 1891. Until Hardman’s book, the standard biography.

Lewis A Drummond, Charlse G Finney and the Birth of Modern Evangelism , Hodder & Stoughton, London, 1983.

Leonard I Sweet, The Evangelical Tradition in America , Mercer Univ Press, Macon GA, 1984. Essays from a Finney conference, including one on Finney by Garth Rosell.

Robert S Fletcher, History of Oberlin College: from its Foundation Through the Civil War , 2 vols., Oberlin College, 1943.

David L Weddle, The Law as Gospel: Revival and Reform in the Theology of Charles G Finney , Scarecrow Press, Metuchen NJ, 1985.

Frank G Beardsley, A Mighty Winner of Souls , American Tract Society, NY, 1937.

Frank G Beardsley, History of American Revivals , ATS, 1912.

William G McLoughlin Jr, Modern Revivalism from Charles G Finney to Billy Graham , Ronald Press Co, NY, 1959.

William McLoughlin, Revivals, Awakenings, and Reform , Univ of Chicago Press, 1978.

Richard Carwardine, Trans-Atlantic Revivalism: Popular evangelicalism in Britian and America 1790–1865 , Greenwood, Westport CT, 1978.

Writings by Finney

Charles G Finney, Autobiography of Finney, or Memoirs of Rev Charles G Finney , AS Barnes & Co, New York, 1876.

CG Finney, edited by William G McLoughlin, Lectures on Revivals of Religion , Belknap-Harvard Univ Press, 1960.

CG Finney, critical edition byGarth Rosell and Richard AG Dupuis, The Memoirs of Charles G Finney , the complete restored text, annotated, Academie/Zondervan, to be released June 1989. Finney’s 1876 Autobiography had been edited and reworded; this edition is Finney’s complete, unedited text.

CG Finney, compiled with an introduction by Timothy L Smith, Promise of the Spirit , Bethany House, Minneapolis, 1980. Important writings by Finney on perfectionism first published in the Oberlin Evangelist in 1839 and 1840.

CG Finney, compiled by Donald Dayton, Reflections on Revival , Bethany House, 1979. Essays first published in the Oberlin Evangelist in 1845 and 1846.

Bethany House Publishers has issued 11 volumes of Finney’s writings, the “Principles of . . . ” series, edited [and updated] by Louis Parkhurst. The volumes are: Principles of- Devotion, Holiness, Liberty, Love, Prayer, Revival, Sanctification, Union with Christ, Victory; also Answers to Prayer. Bethany House has several other titles by or about Finney also.

By the Editors

[Christian History originally published this article in Christian History Issue #20 in 1988]

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