Monday, 7 March 2016

HYMN, SONG, SOCIETY - a new publication


Singing hymns constructs a sense of community which connects traditions with today’s world. This is stated in the publication Hymn, Song, Society of the Church Research Institute, issued on 3.3.2016. The title covers the meaning of hymns in the church and society, the contents of hymnals in various countries, and experiences related to spiritual songs. The book is compiled of ten academic articles written mainly by Nordic researchers of hymns and spiritual songs.

Singing hymns constructs a sense of community which connects traditions with today’s world. This is stated in the publication Hymn, Song, Society of the Church Research Institute, issued on 3.3.2016. The title covers the meaning of hymns in the church and society, the contents of hymnals in various countries, and experiences related to spiritual songs. The book is compiled of ten academic articles written mainly by Nordic researchers of hymns and spiritual songs.The findings in Hymn, Song, Society also imply that hymns and spiritual songs do not live only in churches and religious denominations. Their role in the religious and societal context has been significant even before Christianity, and their impact prevails.

− During centuries, the use and meaning of hymns has been transformed and renewed. In order to let this development continue, the lyrics and the music have to communicate both with the original context and the world of today, states Andrew Pratt, a British researcher and lyricist, one of the writers of the title.


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Pekka Rautio
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Teologinen tiedekunta, Faculty of Theology PL 4 (Vuorikatu 3)

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