"Asa Mahan was not a one-dimensional man. Although nineteenth-century America produced many talented people, each genuinely significant in his own specific line--Charles G. Finney as preacher, Mark Hopkins as teacher, James McCosh as scholar, Charles William Eliot as college president, Theodore Weld as abolitionist, Lucy Stone as champion of co-education--Mahan, incredible as it seems, was outstanding in all of these roles. He preached widely in America and the United Kingdom as advocate of New Light theology; and as professor of mental and moral philosophy he taught and wrote effectively at Oberlin and Adrian colleges. As the first president of each school, he advocated the "new education" which was eventually established at Harvard College in 1869 by Eliot. He defended the rights of women to co-education on equal terms with men and engaged in antislavery activity, including many acts of civil disobedience. His philosophical and religious ideas defined and controlled his reform activities, and the latter enriched his ever developing web of ideas."
Freedom and Grace: The Life of Asa Mahan. 1982. p. ix.
Mahan wrote numerous books and articles throughout his long life. Alethea In Heart hopes to republish these works for schools and churches in print, online, on CD, and in audio formats. We ask for your help in bringing these classics back. A projected 20 hard and soft cover series is being worked on. Each volume will appear individually at first.
Mahan wrote extensively in America and England through Periodicals:
The Oberlin Evangelist; The Oberlin Quarterly Review; Banner of Holiness; and Divine Life and Missionary Witness (then called International Expositor, then Bible Expositor) (1877-89)--which he edited. There is also a 'Notebook' which has additional unpublished material. This collection is found at Adrian College in Michigan where he served his third presidency. We have it now on gif files. With the help of our friends we hope to publish the contents of these publications and files. (We now have all of these but Banner of Holiness and some of Divine Life. We have recently made copies of 3000 pages of Divine Life and will need help scanning and editing.)
Mahan's Resignation and Oberlin's Spiritual Decline: Rev. Sherlock Bristol's Letter to A. M. Hills. From Hills' Biography of Finney. Bristol was of the second graduating class at Oberlin, and shared with Mahan the experience of the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. 1902.
"The latest offering in the important "Studies in Evangelicalism" series under the guidance of Kenneth Rowe and Donald Dayton is this long needed biography of Asa Mahan. Edward Madden, now retired from teaching at the State University of New York (Buffalo), and his former graduate student, James Hamilton, now of the Asbury College Philosophy Department, have collaborated to produce the first full-length critical study of a person who, though his life spanned nearly the whole of the nineteenth century and he played a central role in some of the most significant American religious, intellectual, and social movements of that century, has yet been strangely neglected in the chronicling of the prominent. His close associate and friend, Charles Finney, has captured the scholars' attention much more often. Mahan's many writings have been readily available, his Autobiography: Intellectual, Moral and Spiritual (1882) being a primary biographical source, but students of American history are only now beginning to mine the unpublished collections housed at Oberlin College and elsewhere, and to offer scholarly assessments of Mahan."