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“Hymns of a more or less idiotic character”: the impact and use of “Sankey’s” gospel songs in late nineteenth-century Australia

Wilson, EK 2018 , '“Hymns of a more or less idiotic character”: the impact and use of “Sankey’s” gospel songs in late nineteenth-century Australia' , Journal of Religious History, vol. 42, no. 2 , pp. 265-288 , doi: 10.1111/1467-9809.12471.

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Abstract

Through the large inter‐denominational evangelistic campaigns of the last quarter of the nineteenth century in Australia, the gospel songs commonly described as “Sankey's” were introduced to both church‐goers and the general community and came into wide public knowledge. This article explores their early acceptance, dissemination, and use, and argues that while their impact upon church‐goers was considerable since they were so widely sung in many churches, they were also known, or known about, in the wider community, occupying a significant cultural space.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Wilson, EK
Keywords: Gospel, nineteenth-century, Australia
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Religious History
Publisher: Blackwell Publ Ltd
ISSN: 0022-4227
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/1467-9809.12471
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