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"Creed in Metre": A Study in Campbell's First Hymnal

Peter H. Cariaga
Graduate Student
Oklahoma Christian Unversity
peter.cariaga@oc.edu

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Abstract

This study examines the first edition of Alexander Campbell's Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs and evaluates whether the hymnal served as a statement of faith, a "creed in metre," for Campbell's followers. The study investigates the origins of the various hymns, common themes among the hymns, the significance  of  selected  composers,  and  the  use  of  the  hymnal  among  Campbell's churches. Special attention is also given to what the hymns and the hymn writers reveal about Campbell's theology.

 
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