A Faith That Sings
Biblical Themes in the Lyrical Theology of Charles Wesley
Imprint: Cascade Books
"Charles Wesley's hymns are one of the richest resources that have sustained Methodists through the centuries. They are not just vehicles of praise; Wesley crafted them to immerse the singer in the heart of Christian faith, and so embed it in their being. In his typical clear and winsome style, Paul Chilcote highlights the central emphases of Wesley's rich hymnic theology. Highly recommended."
--Randy L. Maddox, William Kellon Quick Professor of Wesleyan and Methodist Studies, Duke Divinity School
"Delightful! A Faith That Sings throbs with the joy and celebration of Charles Wesley's hymns. Lavishly documented with Wesleyan hymns and pertinent secondary literature, this survey of the main elements of Charles Wesley's theology is a much needed addition to the field. From "Incarnation" to "Heaven" most major themes are treated in a tantalizing manner. Particularly important is the attention which Chilcote gives the hitherto unexplored territory of Wesley's theology of prayer. This introductory survey is a must-read for all students of Methodism!"
--John R. Tyson, Professor of Church History, and Director of Methodist Studies, Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, Rochester, NY
"In the Wesleyan tradition, hymns have been referred to as 'other prayers,' and theology has been sung as well as written or preached. Chilcote has mined the hymnody of Charles Wesley, not only showing how hymns were at the core of the early Methodist movement, but how important it is for us always to have a faith that sings."
--Steve Harper, retired Professor of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies
"Affirming that Charles Wesley's theology-rich hymns provide a medium for Christian teaching as well as for praise and prayer, Chilcote selects representative Wesley hymn texts in order to explore nine core biblical and christological themes. The result is an engaging, accessible, insightful--and even inspirational--primer on Wesleyan theology. Each reader, no matter the theological training or place on the spiritual journey, will find this book to be a valuable resource."
--Karen B. Westerfield Tucker, Boston University