Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Hymnody in the History of North American Protestantism

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Music and song are important parts of worship, and hymns have long played a central role in Protestant history. This book explores the ways in which Protestants use hymns to clarify their identity and define their relationship with America and Christianity.

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Overview

Music and song are important parts of worship, and hymns have long played a central role in Protestant history. This book explores the ways in which Protestants use hymns to clarify their identity and define their relationship with America and Christianity.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This anthology is most original in reaching beyond . . . familiar lines of analysis to approach hymnody from various oblique angles rooted in religious history, sociology, theology, and evangelical studies."--Mel Piehl, Dean, Christ College, and Professor of Humanities and History, Valparaiso University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817355449
  • Publisher: University of Alabama Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/2008
  • Series: Religion & American Culture Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Armstrong is Emeritus Professor in the Department of History at York University.

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Table of Contents

1 From classical to modern : hymnody and the development of American evangelicalism, 1737-1970 1
2 Reading between the lines : slaves, women, and Native Americans reflected in an important Southern hymnal of 1810 39
3 "Old favourites" or "new style" : creating the hymnal of the Presbyterian Church in Canada 64
4 In the shadow of Calvin and Watts : twentieth-century American Presbyterians and their hymnals 92
5 The anatomy of immigrant hymnody : faith communicated in the Swedish Covenant church 122
6 Lifting the joists with music : the hymnological transition from German to English for North American Mennonites, 1840-1940 140
7 "Wrestling Jacob" : the central struggle and emotional scripts of camp-meeting holiness hymnody 171
8 Alabare a mi senor : hymnody as ideology in Latino Protestantism 196
9 "Sing thy power to save" : music on the "old fashioned revival hour" radio broadcast 219
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