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The Matter and Manner of Praise : The Controversial Evolution of Hymnody in the Church of England, 1760-1820 - Thomas K. McCart

The Matter and Manner of Praise

The Controversial Evolution of Hymnody in the Church of England, 1760-1820

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Published: 13th August 1998
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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.

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. * Worship * ...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. * Religious Studies Review * McCart's book offers an overview in a few very long chapters. * Journal of Religion * 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. * ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography * Intended...as...a spark to further research and debate. * Reference and Research Book News * 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. Worship ...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. Religious Studies Review McCart's book offers an overview in a few very long chapters. Journal of Religion 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. ECCB: The Eighteenth-Century Current Bibliography Intended...as...a spark to further research and debate. Reference and Research Book News

Editor's Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction
English Congregational Song, 1530-1760p. 1
Metrical Psalmody on the Continentp. 5
The First Challenges to Psalmodyp. 7
The Seventeenth Centuryp. 13
Tate and Bradyp. 18
Isaac Wattsp. 23
John and Charles Wesleyp. 25
A Period of Transitionp. 29
The Early Controversies, 1760-1810p. 35
Hospitals, Asylums, and Charity Childrenp. 37
The Inadequacy of Metrical Psalmsp. 40
An Enlivened Worshipp. 50
Doctrinal Concernsp. 55
The Methodist Threatp. 60
A Divided Churchp. 63
A Shift in the Controversyp. 65
By What Authority? 1790-1825p. 75
Early Legal Challengesp. 78
Additional Sources for Oppositionp. 83
Counterargumentsp. 88
Cotterill v. Holy and Wardp. 93
Episcopal Oppositionp. 103
Conclusionp. 113
Bibliographyp. 119
Indexp. 149
About the Authorp. 153
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ISBN: 9780810834507
ISBN-10: 0810834502
Series: Drew University Studies in Liturgy Series
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 13th August 1998
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.39