Christian Praise (1957). In a decade not often admired for innovation, 1957 saw the arrival of Christian Praise, a collection of 401 hymns designed not as a church hymn-book but for student fellowships, schools, Bible classes and other groups outside denominational structures. The quality of the hymns marked a clear advance on what was normally available hitherto; published by the Tyndale Press, it came from a small committee chaired by Derek Kidner*, who was experienced in both parish ministry and theological teaching.
As well as a central core of ‘standard’ hymns, their choices included a cautious taste of more recent work by George Bradford Caird, Margaret Clarkson* and Henry E. Hardy*,...
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