Peter H. Cariaga
Oklahoma Christian Unversity
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.