Pro and Anti-Exclusive Psalmody-no instruments- leading literature please

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austinbrown2

Puritan Board Freshman
Could you please recommend what would be considered the leading works for and against instrumental worship and Psalms only singing?

I am particularly interested in the leading literature that seeks to refute the psalms only no instrument position. Also, I would be particularly interested in internet articles (they are free!!!).

Many thanks,
Austin
 

NaphtaliPress

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Girardeau against instrumental music in the public worship of God free:
http://www.fpcr.org/girardeau/Girardeau on Instrumental Music.htm
Several psalmody releated articles here:
http://www.fpcr.org/blue_banner_articles/articles.htm
The fullest argument for exclusive psalmody is Bushell's Songs of Zion which is available from Crown and Covenant. http://tinyurl.com/nbvl9 (but says out of print temporarily).
An older treatment by the RPs and ARPs of the mid 19th century is here:
http://www.naphtali.com/pdf/trupsalm.pdf
 

VirginiaHuguenot

Puritanboard Librarian
Here are a few recommended resources on my list:

Best RPW/EP/Musical Instruments Sources (* means especially worth reading)

* The Psalms in Worship by J. McNaughter available http://www.amazon.com

* The Songs of Zion by Michael Bushell available http://www.amazon.com

* Catechism on Praise by Alexander Blaikie available http://www.apuritansmind.com/PuritanWorship/CatechismOnPraise.htm

A Puritans Mind -- http://www.apuritansmind.com/PuritanWorship/ExclusivePsalmody.htm

http://www.apuritansmind.com/PuritanWorship/PuritanWorshipMainPage.htm

Covenanter Exclusive Psalmody -- http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/Psalmody/psalmody.htm

Covenanter Musical Instruments -- http://www.covenanter.org/Worship/instruments/instrumentalmusic.htm

James Begg Society on Worship -- http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~jbeggsoc/jbsolrec.html#worship

Crown & Covenant Publications -- http://www.psalms4u.com/

Worship Articles -- http://members.aol.com/rsichurch/worship.html

* A Brief Examination of Exclusive Psalmody by Brian Schwertley available http://www.reformed.com/pub/psalms.htm

* Sola Scriptura and the Regulative Principle of Worship by Brian Schwertley available http://www.reformed.com/pub/sola.htm

* Musical Instruments in the Public Worship of God by Brian Schwertley available http://www.reformed.com/pub/music.htm

The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God by G.I. Williamson available http://www.psalms4u.com/

* Instrumental Music in the Worship of God by John L. Girardeau available here: http://crownrights.com/store/product_info.php?products_id=66

and here: http://www.covenanter.org/Girardeau/Instrumental/instrumentalmusic.htm

Instrumental Music in Christian Worship by Robert Nevin

What Early Christians Believed About Using Instrumental Music available at
http://www.bible.ca/H-music.htm

* Old Light on New Worship by John Price
http://www.banneroftruth.org/pages/articles/article_detail.php?907

* James Begg Society on Worship: http://easyweb.easynet.co.uk/~jbeggsoc/jbsolrec.html#worship

Puritan Worship by William Young available http://www.apuritansmind.com/PuritanWorship/YoungWilliamPuritanRegulativePrinciple.htm

The OPC Minority Report on Psalmody by John Murray and William Young available http://members.aol.com/RSICHURCH/song1.html

Worship in the Presence of God by Frank J. Smith and David C. Lachman

* The Worship of God by Malcolm Watts and David Silversides available http://www.psalms4u.com/

*Puritan Preface to the 1673 Psalter available http://www.cprf.co.uk/quotes/prefacescottishpsalter.htm

The Westminster Assembly and Psalm Singing available http://www.cprf.co.uk/quotes/westminsterconfessionpsalmsinging.htm

*Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Quotes) available http://www.cprf.co.uk/quotes/psalmshymnsandspiritualsongs.htm

What About Hymns? (Quotes) available http://www.cprf.co.uk/quotes/whatabouthymns.htm

*John Calvin's Preface to the 1543 Genevan Psalter available http://www.apuritansmind.com/PuritanWorship/CalvinsPrefacePsalter.htm

The True Psalmody by Francis Church -- see the preface here: http://www.loughbrickland.org/articles/cooke.shtml

Arguments in Favor of the Regulative Principle of Worship by T. David Gordon available http://www.reformedprescambridge.com/articles/Regulative_Principle.html

John Brown of Haddington'ss Notes on the Psalms of David in Metre -- http://www.swrb.com/newslett/actualNLs/Psalter0.htm

A Pathway to the Psalter by William Binnie available http://www.solid-ground-books.com/search.asp?searchtext=binnie

Hymns, Heretics & History by Louis F. DeBoer available http://www.amprpress.com/hymns_&_heretics.htm

* Singing of Psalms: The Duty of Christians Under the New Testament by Thomas Ford available http://www.heritagebooks.org/item.asp?bookId=2775

War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms by James E. Adams available at http://www.psalms4u.com/

* Sing the Lord's Song: Biblical Psalms in Worship by John Keddie available http://www.heritagebooks.org/item.asp?bookId=2633

* Anarchy in Worship by James Begg

*Gospel Worship by Archibald Hall

*Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs available http://www.solid-ground-books.com/index.asp

* Essay on Psalmody by William Romaine available http://www.apuritansmind.com/PuritanWorship/RomaineWilliamExclusivePsalmody.htm

* Recommended Books on the Regulative Principle of Worship: http://www.puritanboard.com/forum/viewthread.php?tid=14221

The Worship of the English Puritans by Horton Davies available http://www.graceandtruthbooks.com/

Make His Praise Glorious by Roy Mohon

Iain H. Murray The Psalter – the Only Hymnal? A Review and Response by Roy Mohon available at
http://www.truthzone.co.uk/WHCpsalmsIHM.htm

God's Hymnbook for the Christian Church by Malcolm Watts available http://www.heritagebooks.org/item.asp?bookId=3005

Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs by Frederick Leahy available http://www.rpc.org/cgi-bin/books.cgi

Psalm Singing: A Reformed Heritage by Rev. J. Kortering available http://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_37.html

The Psalms in Human Life by Rowland Prothero available http://hub.dataline.net.au/~kendall/articles/psalms/index.html

The Psalms in History and Biography by John Ker available at
http://www.cvbbs.com/inventory.php?target=indiv&bookid=8714&session=3e41a0ced1b7ade84b68c4411ec17bf0

Commentary on the Psalms by David Dickson (see his comments on Psalm 150 here: http://boston.server101.com/dickson_music_150.htm and on Psalm 4 here: http://www.covenantofgrace.com/dickson_musical_instruments.htm)

Annotations on the Pentateuch and Psalms by Henry Ainsworth

[Edited on 10-8-2006 by VirginiaHuguenot]
 

Semper Fidelis

2 Timothy 2:24-25
Staff member
Originally posted by austinbrown2
the other side of the position?

Thanks again,
Austin
John Frame, Worship in Spirit and Truth

There is also a good discussion of the RPW in the 2005 and 2006 Confessional Presbyterian Journal (see Naphtali Press' sig). The articles are good because you can find who the major proponents of the opposite position are.
 

Kaalvenist

Puritan Board Sophomore
I have myself tried to find anti-RPW, anti-exclusive psalmody, pro-instrument resources -- I haven't found any good ones, however (which probably explains why I still believe in and practice unaccompanied exclusive psalmody ;)).

Anti-RPW:
John Frame, A Fresh Look at the Regulative Principle (Online Article)
John Frame, Some Questions about the Regulative Principle (Online Article)
John Frame, Worship in Spirit and Truth: A Refreshing Study of the Principles and Practice of Biblical Worship (Book)
R. J. Gore, Covenantal Worship: Reconsidering the Puritan Regulative Principle (Book)

Anti-Exclusive Psalmody:
William Annan, Letters on Psalmody: A Review of the Leading Arguments for the Exclusive Use of the Book of Psalms (Online Book)
The Committee on Song in the Public Worship of God (OPC), Report to the Thirteenth General Assembly (Online Paper)
Lee Irons, Exclusive Psalmody or New Covenant Hymnody? (Online Article)
Iain H. Murray, The Psalter - The Only Hymnal? (Booklet)
Vern S. Poythress, Ezra 3, Union with Christ, and Exclusive Psalmody (Part 2) (Online Articles)
Stephen Pribble, The Regulative Principle and Singing in Worship (Online Article)
Sovereign Grace Church (Gettysburg, PA), Position Paper on Exclusive Psalmody (Online Paper)

Pro-Instruments:
Bob L. Ross, Campbellites, Cow Bells, Rosary Beads, & Snake Handling (Book)

Please note also that most, if not all, of these resources have been ably answered and refuted by defenders of the regulative principle, and of unaccompanied exclusive psalmody.

[Edited on 10-7-2006 by Kaalvenist]
 

Casey

Puritan Board Junior
Originally posted by Kaalvenist
Please note also that most, if not all, of these resources have been ably answered and refuted by defenders of the regulative principle, and of unaccompanied exclusive psalmody.

[Edited on 10-7-2006 by Kaalvenist]
Interesting you put things in such black-and-white terms -- as though anyone who doesn't practice unaccompanied exclusive psalmody is not a "defender of the regulative principle." With all due respect, I believe that you've set up a false dichotomy. Contrary to your opinion, the RPCNA is not the only church that adheres to the regulative principle of worship.
 

Kevin

Puritan Board Doctor
Hey for anti-exclusive-psalmody try these;

WCF,LC, SC, Dir. for Public worship :bigsmile:

(sorry I could't resist)
 

Davidius

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
Hey for anti-exclusive-psalmody try these;

WCF,LC, SC, Dir. for Public worship :bigsmile:

(sorry I could't resist)

I'm looking in the Directory for Publick Worship and all I see are references to singing psalms and everyone having their own Psalter. What were you referring to, exactly?
 

JohnV

Puritan Board Post-Graduate
That, my brother, is a good article.

:pilgrim:
This is clear. I'm glad to have read it. I would like to take issue with the author about his definition of the burden of proof. But not here. That's not what this thread is for. But I am glad that he clearly outlined the EP stance in this respect. Thanks for posting it, Andrew.
 

VirginiaHuguenot

Puritanboard Librarian
This is clear. I'm glad to have read it. I would like to take issue with the author about his definition of the burden of proof. But not here. That's not what this thread is for. But I am glad that he clearly outlined the EP stance in this respect. Thanks for posting it, Andrew.
:pilgrim: :up:
 

VirginiaHuguenot

Puritanboard Librarian
Here is a link for John McNaugher's book at Amazon. (I think I misspelled his last name before -- sorry!)
Still Waters Revival Books has it as noted here:

MCNAUGHER, JOHN, ed.

The Psalms in Worship

Dr. David Freeman (who was John Murray’s pastor in Philadelphia) said that the Psalms in Worship was the most comprehensive treatment of this subject to be found anywhere. This volume (of almost 600 pages) consists of material presented at two conventions in 1905, promoting the claims of the Psalms in worship. Two articles covering each of 27 related topics comprise this volume, making a total of 54 separate papers (all thoroughly indexed and including a new appendix added by the publisher). Articles included range from argumentative discussions of a doctrinal and critical kind (defending exclusive Psalmody, the regulative principle of worship, etc.), to broader discussions along historical, literary, and practical lines. This is a one of a kind publication and nothing else like it is available today.

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