Praising the God of Grace: The theology of Charles Wesley’s hymns

02 November 2006


THIS IS A book that celebrates Charles Wesley’s life, ministry, and hymnody.  Virtually every line of every one of Wesley’s hymns, says the author, is related to a Bible passage; so they help us sing the biblical story, and our faith. The book (Abingdon Press, £6.99 (£6.30); 0-687-03810-3) is accompanied by a leader’s guide of the same name, with audio CD. It suggests group sessions that explore doctrine through studying (and singing) the hymns (£8.99 (£8.10); 0-687-03668-2).

Melting the Venusberg: A feminist theology of music is by Heidi Epstein (Continuum, £13.99 (£12.60); 0-8264-1648-9). The author calls it "a reconceptual-isation of music’s theological significance in feminist terms", and challenges the idea of music’s function as a symbol of divine harmony and cosmic order, which she holds is a masculinist theology of music. The feminist viewpoint relocates music’s theological significance in its erotic sway.

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