Presbyterian hymnody and hymnals, USA

Presbyterian hymnody and hymnals, USA   The Calvinist settlers who came from Scotland, and the Scots who came by way of Ireland (Scotch-Irish) in the 17th and early 18th centuries were firstly Puritans who leaned toward either the Presbyterian or the Congregational form of church organization. New England Puritans tended more toward the Congregational model, those in Pennsylvania and New York toward the Presbyterian. Doctrinally, however, the differences were not sufficient to keep Presbyterian congregations from ‘calling’ a minister ordained by a Congregational church, and vice-versa. Examination of psalm books of the period affirms that some are ‘allowed’ or ‘approved’ by an Association...

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