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Jonathan Edwards and the Church$
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Rhys S. Bezzant

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199890309

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199890309.001.0001

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The Worshipping Church Expressing Its Praise

The Worshipping Church Expressing Its Praise

5.1 The Worshipping Church Expressing Its Praise
Jonathan Edwards and the Church

Rhys S. Bezzant

Oxford University Press

This section surveys Edwards’s approach to the shape of Sunday meetings, including his commitment to their participatory character and his understanding of the place of psalmody, hymn-singing, and praise in the life of the gathered congregation. He is prepared to jettison old forms of psalm-singing in order that the unity of the congregation is fostered, for example, through the hymns of Isaac Watts, because the congregation can give expression to unity when pursuing harmonious parts. Abolishing the traditional church calendar and highlighting Sabbath day exercises among Puritans gave attention to the value of work as well as the benefits of rest and the goal of praise in the great heavenly Sabbath. His operational ecclesiology was eschatological, not merely primitivist.

Keywords:   Worship, Hymnody, Liturgy, Sabbath, Singing, Psalter, Isaac Watts, Primitivism

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