Battling "A Whole Babel of Extravagance": Confessional Responses to American Revivalism

Thursday, 02 Aug 2007

"The system of New Measures lacks affinity whatever with the life of the Reformation, as embodied in the Augsburgh Confession and the Heidelbergh Catechism. It could not have found favor in the eyes of Zwingli or Calvin. Luther would have denounced it in the most unmerciful terms." (1) These are the words of John W. Nevin, and he is right. The revivalistic system of "new measures," systematized and popularized by evangelist Charles G. Finney in early to middle nineteenth-century America, has little or no ...

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