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

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  1. austinbrown2

    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,
  2. NaphtaliPress

    NaphtaliPress Administrator Staff Member

    Girardeau against instrumental music in the public worship of God free: on Instrumental Music.htm
    Several psalmody releated articles here:
    The fullest argument for exclusive psalmody is Bushell's Songs of Zion which is available from Crown and Covenant. (but says out of print temporarily).
    An older treatment by the RPs and ARPs of the mid 19th century is here:
  3. ADKing

    ADKing Puritan Board Junior

  4. VirginiaHuguenot

    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

    * The Songs of Zion by Michael Bushell available

    * Catechism on Praise by Alexander Blaikie available

    A Puritans Mind --

    Covenanter Exclusive Psalmody --

    Covenanter Musical Instruments --

    James Begg Society on Worship --

    Crown & Covenant Publications --

    Worship Articles --

    * A Brief Examination of Exclusive Psalmody by Brian Schwertley available

    * Sola Scriptura and the Regulative Principle of Worship by Brian Schwertley available

    * Musical Instruments in the Public Worship of God by Brian Schwertley available

    The Singing of Psalms in the Worship of God by G.I. Williamson available

    * Instrumental Music in the Worship of God by John L. Girardeau available here:

    and here:

    Instrumental Music in Christian Worship by Robert Nevin

    What Early Christians Believed About Using Instrumental Music available at

    * Old Light on New Worship by John Price

    * James Begg Society on Worship:

    Puritan Worship by William Young available

    The OPC Minority Report on Psalmody by John Murray and William Young available

    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

    *Puritan Preface to the 1673 Psalter available

    The Westminster Assembly and Psalm Singing available

    *Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs (Quotes) available

    What About Hymns? (Quotes) available

    *John Calvin's Preface to the 1543 Genevan Psalter available

    The True Psalmody by Francis Church -- see the preface here:

    Arguments in Favor of the Regulative Principle of Worship by T. David Gordon available

    John Brown of Haddington'ss Notes on the Psalms of David in Metre --

    A Pathway to the Psalter by William Binnie available

    Hymns, Heretics & History by Louis F. DeBoer available

    * Singing of Psalms: The Duty of Christians Under the New Testament by Thomas Ford available

    War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms by James E. Adams available at

    * Sing the Lord's Song: Biblical Psalms in Worship by John Keddie available

    * Anarchy in Worship by James Begg

    *Gospel Worship by Archibald Hall

    *Gospel Worship by Jeremiah Burroughs available

    * Essay on Psalmody by William Romaine available

    * Recommended Books on the Regulative Principle of Worship:

    The Worship of the English Puritans by Horton Davies available

    Make His Praise Glorious by Roy Mohon

    Iain H. Murray The Psalter – the Only Hymnal? A Review and Response by Roy Mohon available at

    God's Hymnbook for the Christian Church by Malcolm Watts available

    Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs by Frederick Leahy available

    Psalm Singing: A Reformed Heritage by Rev. J. Kortering available

    The Psalms in Human Life by Rowland Prothero available

    The Psalms in History and Biography by John Ker available at

    Commentary on the Psalms by David Dickson (see his comments on Psalm 150 here: and on Psalm 4 here:

    Annotations on the Pentateuch and Psalms by Henry Ainsworth

    [Edited on 10-8-2006 by VirginiaHuguenot]
  5. austinbrown2

    austinbrown2 Puritan Board Freshman

    Wow! Many thanks... any things for...

    the other side of the position?

    Thanks again,
  6. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    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.
  7. Kaalvenist

    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 ;)).

    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)

    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]
  8. Philip A

    Philip A Puritan Board Sophomore

  9. Casey

    Casey Puritan Board Junior

    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.
  10. Kevin

    Kevin Puritan Board Doctor

    Hey for anti-exclusive-psalmody try these;

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

    (sorry I could't resist)
  11. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  12. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    This is available online here.
  13. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  14. Davidius

    Davidius Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    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?
  15. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

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    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  17. jaybird0827

    jaybird0827 PuritanBoard Honor Roll

    That, my brother, is a good article.

  18. JohnV

    JohnV Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    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.
  19. ChristopherPaul

    ChristopherPaul Puritan Board Senior

    I could not find these at Amazon.
  20. ChristopherPaul

    ChristopherPaul Puritan Board Senior

    I think, but am not sure, that Andrew's list consisted of material supporting both positions. Is this true Andrew?
  21. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Here is a link for John McNaugher's book at Amazon. (I think I misspelled his last name before -- sorry!)

    Mike Bushell's book is hard to come by these days. It was on Amazon at the time I wrote the list. Crown and Covenant has it listed but they say both "in stock" and "temporarily out of print." You might see if it is available there.
  22. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    My list of resources is from the pro-EP or predominant psalmody positions. I have read many anti-EP resources, but I figure others can provide those if they wish. ;)
  23. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    :pilgrim: :up:
  24. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    Still Waters Revival Books has it as noted here:

  25. ChristopherPaul

    ChristopherPaul Puritan Board Senior

    Thanks Andrew!
  26. VirginiaHuguenot

    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

    You're welcome, Chris! :handshake:
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    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

  28. Davidius

    Davidius Puritan Board Post-Graduate

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    VirginiaHuguenot Puritanboard Librarian

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