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Singing the Lord's Song in a Strange Land: Hymnody in the History of North American Protestantism (Religion & American Culture) Paperback – November 30, 2008
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Seeing these are articles by different scholars representing different people groups, I will simply list the people groups that are treated in this book, rather than go into detail about each. The individual people groups discussed are Georgian slaves, women, and Native Americans, Canadian and North American Presbyterians, Swedish immigrants, German and Russian Mennonite communities, Pentecostal and Holiness movements (some of which are actually heterodox or heretical sects, - which is noted), and Latino Protestantism.
This work is a scholarly work, and is likely better suited for someone who is either highly interested in the topic that is willing to be introduced to new names or someone who already knows something of the material. Otherwise it might be a bit dry. However, studying theology from a perspective of music is something that is widely overlooked, especially by systematic theologians. It's often not considered 'real' theology. However, historian Mark Noll has noted that this idea should be put to rest: ". . . evangelicalism is at its best when seen through its hymns" (xiii). The systematics might not like it and might not understand expressing theological truth through song simply because most systematic theologians don't do that themselves. While I come less from an artistic background, this book showed me that ignoring our (evangelical tradition) hymnal tradition is only detrimental.