Intent on correcting our collective amnesia, Invisible Giants offers profiles of extraordinary, neglected people, including Oliver Evans, a prodigious and prophetic inventor; Henry Haupt, a formidable figure in the history of American engineering and railroading; and Charles Grandison Finney
, the evangelist who, claims selector Edmund S.
So, for example, Fox rehearses how Thomas Jefferson could extol the ethical teachings of Jesus, while doubting his divinity as proclaimed by more orthodox thinkers, at the same time that many Protestants in America, from Charles Grandison Finney
to Nat Turner, were shedding a distant, Calvinist Jesus for a friendlier Armininan one who, through a direct encounter that would have left Jefferson speechless, empowered individuals to challenge prevailing norms.
And, while it is possible to differ with a few of the selections -- I would have preferred Emerson's "Divinity School Address" with its poetic evocation of New England spring to his "Lord's Supper Sermon" and was a little put off by Zora Neale Hurston's dialect transcription of an otherwise unknown black preacher's sermon--and to wonder at the absence of figures such as the nineteenth-century evangelist Charles Grandison Finney
("Lectures on Revivals of Religion"), the ecclesiastical busybody Lyman Beecher ("A Plea for the West"), the educational liberal Horace Bushnell, or the founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy--by and large, it is a well-chosen group of works.
She finds such mutual accommodation occurring after 1830, brought about in part by Charles Grandison Finney
, whose career mirrored the transition.
The revivals that broke out in North Wales in 1839 and 1840 and in South Wales for the three years following were the first to extensively use the revival techniques championed by the American Presbyterian revivalist Charles Grandison Finney
The Lane Rebels, along with theology professor Charles Grandison Finney
, insisted that African American students be admitted on the same terms as whites and that free speech be protected.
Charles Grandison Finney
, Lectures on Revivals of Religion (1835; Cambridge, Mass.
It was condemned by some prominent people, including Benjamin Disraeli, Millard Fillmore and Charles Grandison Finney
, the famed revivalist of the 1840s.
Rummaging around for a title to his now-classic study of the religious movements that rocked central and western New York state during the first half of the nineteenth century, Whitney Cross decided that he could do no better than to lean on Charles Grandison Finney
They persuaded the famous revivalist Charles Grandison Finney
to come to Oberlin to teach.
Charles Grandison Finney
opened his series of weekly Lectures on Revivals of Religion that he delivered in New York in 1835 by asserting that, employing the "laws of nature," a religious revival could be induced among a group of people with the same certainty as one might cultivate a crop of grain.
He could have been talking about Jonathan Edwards or Charles Grandison Finney