Monthly Archives: September 2013

The Effects of the English Reformation on the English People: Outdoors to Indoors?

An interesting summary by Scarisbrick as to how the changes wrought in the Reformation affected the religious lives of the people of England: It effected a shift from a religion of symbol and allegory, ceremony and formal gesture to one that … Continue reading

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“A good hymn should have…”

Of historical interest: from the preface to his hymnal, here is the 19th-century description of “a good hymn” by Roundell Palmer (the first Earl of Selbourne): A good hymn should have simplicity, freshness, and reality of feeling; a consistent elevation of tone, … Continue reading

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Old and New

Here’s a good word from John Cargill: There are several other problems among Christian Congregations, which adversely affect collective praise to the Godhead and two of these are very subtle. First, there are those who discard good old hymns, because … Continue reading

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