Audio Book Samples

Sunday, August 28, 2016




Letter 1: Introductory. Every power of man should be devoted to the service of God -- Importance of Psalmody -- Difference of opinion on the subject -- Division of the church -- Importance of union -- Proposal of accommodation -- Hopes of success -- Mistakes corrected -- Attention to the subjected requested (page 9)


Letter 2: Ancient History of Psalmody. Character of the age of the Fathers -- True history of Psalmody in the early ages -- Pliny -- Tertullian -- Jerome -- Cyril -- Augustine -- Cassian -- Chrysostom -- Apostolic Constitutions -- Others -- Remarks (page 26)


Letter 3: Modern History of Psalmody.  Summary remarks -- Waldenses -- Wickliffe -- Huss -- Luther -- Calvin -- Church of England -- Scotland -- Watts -- American churches -- Congregationalists -- Presbyterians -- Associate -- Associate Reformed -- Reformed Presbyterians -- Sentiments and Practice of -- Reflections (page 70)


Letter 4: Reasons for Retaining the Book of Psalms.  Subject stated -- Versions -- Arguments -- Divine institution -- Suitableness of matter -- Excellence -- Human compositions not appointed -- Bad arguments -- Evil tendency of preferring human to inspired songs -- Summary (page 95)


Letter 5: Objections Considered.  Scripture our only rule -- Col. 3:16 considered -- Demands answered -- New mercies require a new song -- Book of Psalms abrogated -- Cannot be sung in truth -- May sing as well as pray in our own words -- Book of Psalms obscure -- Inadequate -- Modern hymns more favourable to revivals -- More elegant in diction -- Watts had as good a right to make psalms as David -- Cursing psalms -- Christ not named in them (page 155)


Appendis. 
No. 1 -- Dr. Watts (page 209);
No. 2 -- Mode of singing (page 219);
No. 3 -- Use of Old Testament Psalms in New Testament Worship (page 220)





An Apology for the Book of Psalms,
In Five Letters; Addressed to the Friends of Union in the Church of God
1852 - Fourth Edition
By Gilbert McMaster





Letter 1: Introductory. Every power of man should be devoted to the service of God -- Importance of Psalmody -- Difference of opinion on the subject -- Division of the church -- Importance of union -- Proposal of accommodation -- Hopes of success -- Mistakes corrected -- Attention to the subjected requested (page 9)


Letter 2: Ancient History of Psalmody. Character of the age of the Fathers -- True history of Psalmody in the early ages -- Pliny -- Tertullian -- Jerome -- Cyril -- Augustine -- Cassian -- Chrysostom -- Apostolic Constitutions -- Others -- Remarks (page 26)


Letter 3: Modern History of Psalmody.  Summary remarks -- Waldenses -- Wickliffe -- Huss -- Luther -- Calvin -- Church of England -- Scotland -- Watts -- American churches -- Congregationalists -- Presbyterians -- Associate -- Associate Reformed -- Reformed Presbyterians -- Sentiments and Practice of -- Reflections (page 70)


Letter 4: Reasons for Retaining the Book of Psalms.  Subject stated -- Versions -- Arguments -- Divine institution -- Suitableness of matter -- Excellence -- Human compositions not appointed -- Bad arguments -- Evil tendency of preferring human to inspired songs -- Summary (page 95)


Letter 5: Objections Considered.  Scripture our only rule -- Col. 3:16 considered -- Demands answered -- New mercies require a new song -- Book of Psalms abrogated -- Cannot be sung in truth -- May sing as well as pray in our own words -- Book of Psalms obscure -- Inadequate -- Modern hymns more favourable to revivals -- More elegant in diction -- Watts had as good a right to make psalms as David -- Cursing psalms -- Christ not named in them (page 155)


Appendis. 
No. 1 -- Dr. Watts (page 209);
No. 2 -- Mode of singing (page 219);
No. 3 -- Use of Old Testament Psalms in New Testament Worship (page 220)