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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