Re: Psalmody Question
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>Perhaps what follows will at least supply an answer to
> I am curious as to which of the off-shoot Presbyterian churchs (of
> Covenanter heritage) first abandoned exclusive psalmody. And what
> circumstances served as impetus to this defection?
> Cordially in Christ,
the "circumstances". Although I cannot respond with the historical
insight of thebishopsdoom, by following Iain Murray's, "The Psalter-
The Only Hymnal?" (Banner of Truth, 2001)there may be an answer. In
it he cites men of such learning as Thomas Manton, John Flavel, and
even David Dickson. If these citations are accurate (which we have
no reason to doubt) I trust at least the circumstances will be
The citations seem to point out that these men did not hold to
exclusive psalmody. This is a point with which I am ignorant. Murray
contends that although the men certainly preferred the Psalms, and
would not have approved much of what passes as hymns today, they
nonetheless did not ban all uninspired songs from worship. On page
14 of the booklet he quotes Manton as writing, "I confess we do not
forbid other songs; if grave and pious, after good advice they may
be received into the Church." Murray also writes on page 15, "David
Dickson, the Scots Puritan leader, likewise wrote hymns 'to be sung
with any common tunes of the Psalms.'"
Perhaps this helps understand "what circumstances served as impetus
to this defection". For if these men of great influence at least
allowed the possibility of singing "uninspired songs", it is easily
understood how Presbyterian churches began to allow them at large.
I would be quick to add, I have not checked the context of the
quotations above in their original setting, and would instantly take
back this possible "circumstance" if the quotations prove to be out