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Charles Finney (1792-1875) was the greatest revivalist who ever lived. Working in the Northeastern part of the United States in the 1800s, Finney's work resulted in the enduring conversions of hundreds of thousands of people. Having a legal background, Finney was able to reach the minds of people of all classes of society in a way that has rarely been seen in history. He also held pastor roles in many cities, including New York City. Later in life he was also the President of Oberlin College, where he not only advocated revival, but also insisted that "coloured people," using his terminology, would also be admitted. The admission of mixed races to Oberlin invited much opposition, but was pursued regardless. He also worked in England. His Lectures on Revival are perhaps the most important readings, aside from the Bible, to understand the way of revival, and his Memoires are also very helpful.
This is a shorter but most helpful biography that gives information on Charles Finney's remarkable life as well as his methods of working.
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