Calling down Fire: Charles Grandison Finney and Revivalism in Jefferson County, New York, 1800-1840

Calling down Fire: Charles Grandison Finney and Revivalism in Jefferson County, New York, 1800-1840

by Marianne Perciaccante

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Calling Down Fire examines the social and cultural influence of Jefferson County, New York, an isolated, agrarian setting, on the formation of Charles Grandison Finney's theology and revival methods. Finney, who later became president of Oberlin College, was arguably the most innovative and influential revivalist of the Second Great Awakening. He pioneered methods which were widely adopted and promoted a theology that emphasized the ability of evangelists to save souls and the importance of free will in the salvation process. Marianne Perciaccante follows the course of religious enthusiasm and the evolution of the reform impulse in Jefferson County following Finney's departure for more influential pulpits. When Finney began to preach in Jefferson County, he brought Baptist and Methodist piety to the Presbyterians of the northern section of the county. This pious fervor eventually was adopted widely by middle-class Presbyterians and Congregationalists and constituted an acceptance by elites of tempered, non-elite piety.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780791487341
Publisher: State University of New York Press
Publication date: 09/18/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 661 KB

About the Author

Marianne Perciaccante is an attorney and an independent historian.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction

2. Jefferson County

Appendix: New York State Census of 1835 and 1845

3. The Foundations of Fervor

4. The Maturation of the Churches

5. The Progress of Reform

6. Conclusion

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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Calling down Fire: Charles Grandison Finney and Revivalism in Jefferson County, New York, 1800-1840 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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An intersesting study on the social and cultural dynamics in Jefferson County, New York that are believed to have influenced the revivalist theology of Charles G. Finney in the 1800's.