Wonderful Words of Life: Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Aug 2, 2004 - Music - 288 pages
While many evangelical congregations have moved away from hymns and hymnals, these were once central fixtures in the evangelical tradition. This book examines the role and importance of hymns in evangelicalism, not only as a part of worship but as tools for theological instruction, as a means to identity formation, and as records of past spiritual experiences of the believing community.

Written by knowledgeable church historians, Wonderful Words of Life explores the significance of hymn-singing in many dimensions of American Protestant and evangelical life. The book focuses mainly on church life in the United States but also discusses the foundational contributions of Isaac Watts and other British hymn writers, the use of gospel songs in English Canada, and the powerful attraction of African-American gospel music for whites of several religious persuasions. Includes appendixes on the American Protestant Hymn Project and on hymns in Roman Catholic hymnals.

Contributors:
Susan Wise Bauer
Thomas E. Bergler
Virginia Lieson Brereton
Esther Rothenbusch Crookshank
Kevin Kee
Richard J. Mouw
Mark A. Noll
Felicia Piscitelli
Robert A. Schneider
Rochelle A. Stackhouse
Jeffrey VanderWilt

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Contents

The Defining Role of Hymns in Early Evangelicalism
3
Were Marching to Zion Isaac Watts in Early America
17
Hymnody and Politics Isaac Watts s Our God Our Help in Ages Past and Timothy Dwights I Love Thy Kingdom Lord
42
HYMNS AND THE ORDERING OF PROTESTANT LIFE
67
Jesus Shall Reign Hymns and Foreign Missions 18001870
69
Marketing the Gospel Music in EnglishCanadian Protestant Revivalism 18841957
96
I Found My Thrill The Youth for Christ Movement and American Congregational Singing 19401970
123
Protestant Hymnody in Contemporary Roman Catholic Worship
150
Singing about Death in American Protestant Hymnody
179
Stories and Syllogisms Protestant Hymns Narrative Theology and Heresy
205
Some Poor Sailor Tempest Tossed Nautical Rescue Themes in Evangelical Hymnody
234
American Protestant Hymns Project A Ranked List of Most Frequently Printed Hymns 17371960
251
Hymns Recommended for Ecumenical Use in Catholic Hymnbooks
265
Hymns in Roman Catholic Hymnals
269
Index of Names and Subjects
273
Index of Hymn and Song Titles
281

White Folks Get Happy Mainstream America Discovers the Black Gospel Tradition
164
HYMNS AS GOOD OR BAD? THEOLOGY
177

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Page 85 - People and realms of every tongue Dwell on His love with sweetest song, And infant voices shall proclaim Their early blessings on His Name. Blessings abound where'er He reigns ; The prisoner leaps to lose his chains ; The weary find eternal rest, And all the sons of want are blest.
Page 71 - Waft, waft, ye winds, his story, And you, ye waters, roll, Till, like a sea of glory, It spreads from pole to pole; Till o'er our ransomed nature, The Lamb for sinners slain, Redeemer, King, Creator, In bliss returns to reign.
Page 49 - For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. 5 Thou earnest them away as with a flood; they are as a sleep: in the morning they are like grass which groweth up. "In the morning it flourisheth, and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down, and withereth.
Page 58 - For her my tears shall fall ; For her my prayers ascend ; To her my cares and toils be given, Till toils and cares shall end. 4 Beyond my highest joy I prize her heavenly ways ; Her sweet communion, solemn vows, Her hymns of love and praise.
Page 85 - JESUS shall reign where'er the sun Does his successive journeys run ; His kingdom stretch from shore to shore, Till moons shall wax and wane no more.
Page 83 - FROM Greenland's icy mountains, From India's coral strand; Where Afric's sunny fountains Roll down their golden sand; From many an ancient river, From many a palmy plain, They call us to deliver Their land from error's chain.
Page 8 - Here's love and grief beyond degree ; The Lord of glory dies for men !' But, lo ! what sudden joys we see ! Jesus, the dead, revives again...
Page 221 - Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head.
Page 57 - If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth ; If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

About the author (2004)

Richard J. Mouw is president and professor of Christian philosophy at Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, California. His many other books include Uncommon Decency , Praying at Burger King , and Abraham Kuyper: A Short and Personal

Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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