Biography Born in Fairfield County, Connecticut Studied law for 4 years before having a sudden conversion experience Preached as a Presbyterian and started extensive religious revivals wherever he went Appointed as the professor of theology at Oberlin College in 1835, was later named president in 1852 In 1837 he was appointed as the minister of First Congregational Church in Oberlin, Ohio
Revivalism Religious gatherings designed to awaken religious faith through impassioned preaching Very emotional Swept across US in early 19 th century
Finny & Revivalism “The father of modern revivalism” His most successful revivals were in Rochester, New York in 1830-1831 Emphasized the will of man in the process of regeneration and employed revival techniques
Effects Life and writings influenced more people than any other preacher of the last century 1835: Lectures on Rivivals 1846: Lectures on Theology 1800: 1 in 15 Americans belong to a church 1850: 1 in 6
Bibliography "Charles Grandison Finney." College of Arts and Sciences & Conservatory of Music - Oberlin College. Web. 06 Apr. 2011.. Reforming American Society : pages 224+225 "Charles Grandison Finney." Revival Library. Web. 06 Apr. 2011..