AN
APOLOGY
FOR THE
BOOK OF PSALMS,
IN
FIVE LETTERS;
ADDRESSED TO THE FRIENDS OF UNION IN THE CHURCH OF GOD.
 
BY
REV. GILBERT M‘MASTER, D.D.
 

"Hear the word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his word."—Isaiah.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable."—Paul.
"But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men."—Messiah.

FOURTH EDITION.
PHILADELPHIA:
DANIELS & SMITH,—36 NORTH SIXTH STREET,
1852.

CONTENTS.
 
 
ADVERTISEMENT. LETTER I.-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 SUBJECT REQUESTED.
LETTER II.-REMARKS —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.  LETTER III.-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. 
LETTER IV.-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.  LETTER V.-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. 
 
APPENDICES.
No. 1-Mr. Watts.
No. 2-Mode of Singing.
No.3.

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