Wonderful Words of Life

Hymns in American Protestant History and Theology

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Foreword by John D. Witvliet

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, under the supervision of the Institute for the Study of American Evangelicals, "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

Contributors

Mark a. Noll, Author

Noll, Mark a.: - Mark A. Noll is Francis A. McAnaney Professor of History at the University of Notre Dame.

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Richard J. Mouw, Author

Mouw, Richard J.: - 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

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Mark A. Noll, Author

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

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Mark A. Noll, Author

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

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Richard J. Mouw, Editor

Mouw, Richard J.: - 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, Editor

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