Matter And Manner Of Praise

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Overview

It may seem unexpected to assert that controversy surrounds the introduction of hymns in religious life in England. Though many scholars have worked to catalog and index hymns, few have investigated the evolution of hymns, and their proposed meaning to religious celebration. A historical as well as a critical project, The Matter and Manner of Praise undermines the compulsion to assume that hymn-making and religion were always considered to coexist effortlessly. Most histories of hymnody and evangelical movements in England have elided the depth of feeling and concern that surrounded the debate over hymns and their use during liturgy. McCart uncovers, reexamines, and comments upon this debate. He illuminates a partly unexplored topic in English church history, by tracing the controversial shift from metrical psalms to hymnody, and also takes into account legal issues and litigation that developed over the introduction of hymns into church life. An insightful study that should be fascinating reading for anyone interested in teasing apart the historical nature of religious ceremonies and hymns.

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Editorial Reviews

Worship
Combining a readable style with copious footnotes, McCart chronicles the events which led to the long prevented but deeply desired singing of hymns in Anglican churches. In light of the controversy still simmering today about the liturgical use of hymns in some places, this historical study indicates a remarkable similarity in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century human perceptions of hymnody's potential both to lead and mislead the faithful. This book gives clear indication of what the fight is all about and provides us with a ringside seat for the match.
Religious Studies Review
...a useful foundation for further research...carefully documented research...A compelling work that should encourage further research in the field and stand as the starting point for any study.
Journal of Religion
McCart's book offers an overview in a few very long chapters.
Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography
To those who take for granted the rich tradition of hymn singing in the Anglican communion, it may come as a surprise to find that this tradition is less than two hundred years old, and that it became established only after much debate and even legal action. Thomas McCart, a church historian and clergyman of the Episcopal Church, presents in this book an episode of Anglican history that has been the victim of unexamined assumptions by writers on hymnody, church history, and social history....In this study McCart has performed a valuable service by providing a more detailed prelude to the landmark publication, in 1861, of Hymns Ancient and Modern.
Reference and Research Book News
Intended...as...a spark to further research and debate.
ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography
To those who take for granted the rich tradition of hymn singing in the Anglican communion, it may come as a surprise to find that this tradition is less than two hundred years old, and that it became established only after much debate and even legal action. Thomas McCart, a church historian and clergyman of the Episcopal Church, presents in this book an episode of Anglican history that has been the victim of unexamined assumptions by writers on hymnody, church history, and social history....In this study McCart has performed a valuable service by providing a more detailed prelude to the landmark publication, in 1861, of Hymns Ancient and Modern.
Worship
Combining a readable style with copious footnotes, McCart chronicles the events which led to the long prevented but deeply desired singing of hymns in Anglican churches. In light of the controversy still simmering today about the liturgical use of hymns in some places, this historical study indicates a remarkable similarity in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century human perceptions of hymnody's potential both to lead and mislead the faithful. This book gives clear indication of what the fight is all about and provides us with a ringside seat for the match..
Booknews
A historical and critical account of the introduction of hymns as part of the liturgy, showing that such a bonding is neither very ancient nor inevitable. Traces the controversial shift from metrical psalms to hymnody and discusses legal issues and litigation that developed over the change. Intended not as a definitive study but a spark to further research and debate. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810834507
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Series: Drew University Studies in Liturgy Series , #5
  • Pages: 172
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas K McCart (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University) is the Rector of St. Mark's Episcopal Church and School.

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Table of Contents

Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
1 English Congregational Song, 1530-1760 1
Metrical Psalmody on the Continent 5
The First Challenges to Psalmody 7
The Seventeenth Century 13
Tate and Brady 18
Isaac Watts 23
John and Charles Wesley 25
A Period of Transition 29
2 The Early Controversies, 1760-1810 35
Hospitals, Asylums, and Charity Children 37
The Inadequacy of Metrical Psalms 40
An Enlivened Worship 50
Doctrinal Concerns 55
The Methodist Threat 60
A Divided Church 63
A Shift in the Controversy 65
3 By What Authority? 1790-1825 75
Early Legal Challenges 78
Additional Sources for Opposition 83
Counterarguments 88
Cotterill v. Holy and Ward 93
Episcopal Opposition 103
Conclusion 113
Bibliography 119
Index 149
About the Author 153
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