Hymnody is widely recognised as a central tenet of Methodism’s theological, doctrinal, spiritual, and liturgical identity. Theologically and doctrinally, the content of the hymns has traditionally been a primary vehicle for expressing Methodism’s emphasis on salvation for all, social holiness, and personal commitment, while particular hymns and the communal act of participating in hymn singing have been key elements in the spiritual lives of Methodists.

An important contribution to the history of Methodism, British Methodist Hymnody argues that the significance of hymnody in British Methodism is best understood as a combination of its official status, spiritual expression, popular appeal, and practical application. Seeking to consider what, when, how, and why Methodists sing, British Methodist Hymnody examines the history, perception, and practice of hymnody from Methodism’s small-scale eighteenth-century origins to its place as a worldwide denomination today.

chapter |11 pages


chapter 1|24 pages

Authorised hymnody

Hymnals as expressions of doctrine and theology

chapter 2|25 pages

An ecumenical hymnody

chapter 3|27 pages

An evangelical hymnody

chapter 4|23 pages

Methodism’s literary repertoire

Form, language, editing, and theological expression

chapter 5|28 pages

Musical repertoire

chapter 6|25 pages

Methodist hymnody in practice

chapter 8|24 pages

Hymnody and Methodist identity