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1 Charles G. Finney, Memoirs of Charles G. Finney (New York: A.S. Barnes, 1876), p. 24.

2 Sandra S. Sizer, Gospel Hymns and Social Religion (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1978), pp. 47-48.

3 William G. McLoughlin,Modern Revivalism: Charles Grandison Finney to Billy Graham (New York: The Ronald Press Co., 1959) p. 86.

4 Finney, Memoirs, p. 83.

5 Perry Miller,The Life of the Mind in America (New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1965), p. 27.

6 Quoted in McLoughlin, Modern Revivalism, p. 86.

7 Quoted in Sidney E. Mead, "Denominationalism: The Shape of Protestantism in America," Church History 23 (December 1954) pp. 308-309.

8 Charles Grandison Finney, Lectures on Revivals of Religion, introduction and notes by William G. McLoughlin (Cambridge, Ma.: Harvard University Press, 1960), p. 13

9 John D. Hannah, class notes of author in 530 History of Gospel Preaching in America, Dallas Theological Seminary, Fall 1983

10 Quoted in Richard Lovelace, "Baptism in the Holy Spirit in the Evangelical Awakenings," Toward a Pentecostal/Charismatic Theology: "Baptism in the Holy Spirit" (Society for Pentecostal Studies Fourteenth Annual Meeting), p. 24

11 "The moral government of God everywhere assumes and implies the liberty of the human will, and the natural ability of men to obey God." Charles G. Finney, Finney's Systematic Theology, abridged, (Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 1976), p. 261.

12 Finney, Systematic Theology, abridged, pp. 16-17, 140-141, and 229

13 Quoted in James E. Johnson, "Charles G. Finney and a Theology of Revivalism," Church History 38 (1969): 353.

14 Some have tried to show that Finney, in later years, regretted his overall lack of emphasis on God's part in conversion by quoting a passage from Reflections on Revival, written in 1845 (Leonard I. Sweet, "The View of Man Inherent in New Measures Revivals," Church History 45 (June 1976) : 211). Many of the observations here came from his Systematic Theology, which was written in 1846. Also, when he had the opportunity to make changes by revising his Lectures on Revivals in 1868, he left it "almost unchanged" (McLoughlin, introduction to Finney's Lectures on Revivals, p. iii).

15 Although this theological verdict must be made, it should also be understood that the motives of those believers who follow Finney in this regard are not being impugned.

16 Bennett Tyler and Andrew Bonar, The Life and Labours of Asahel Nettleton (Hartford, Ct.: Robbins and Smith, 1844; reprinted by Carlisle, Pa.: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1975), p. 348.