Wonderful Words of Life/How Sweet the Sound

Hymnody and sacred music, long the domain of hymnologists and musicologists, have become hot topics in scholarship about American religion, and the “worship wars” of the 1980s and ’90s have sparked a reexamination of denominational hymn traditions by historians of American religion.

Richard Mouw and Mark Noll’s Wonderful Words of Life and David Stowe’s How Sweet the Sound represent two divergent directions in the new cultural interpretation of American sacred music.


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