September 05, 2008

Bob Allen has a very interesting article at Ethics Daily today that considers the changes made between the 1991 and 2008 Baptist hymnals. He looks at the songs that were dropped in the latest version and then groups them to find what themes were being cut. Topics that the cut songs covered include social ministry, tongues and healing, environment, peace, and priesthood of the believer. Other changes suggest a greater Calvinist influence. The oddest change is probably the addition of "O Canada" (yes, songs like "Whosoever Meaneth Me" and ""Low in the Grave He Lay" were cut, but "O Canada was added!). The analysis is a good reminder of considering one's priorities by what is included or not.