Academic journal article The Hymn

Evangelicals in Mexico: Their Hymnody and Its Theology

Academic journal article The Hymn

Evangelicals in Mexico: Their Hymnody and Its Theology

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Evangelicals in Mexico: Their Hymnody and its Theology by Dinorah B. Méndez. New York: Peter Lang, 2008. 326 pp. ISBN 978-90-5201-433-3. $58.95.

Dinorah Méndez's book on hymnody in Mexico is a welcome addition to scholarship. It has been published by Peter Lang as volume 14 of the Dieux, Hommes et Religions series. She states that the main purpose of the book is to "examine the process of contextual! zation of theological content in the hymnody used by Evangelicals in Mexico, looking for ways or models in which such theology has been communicated in the particular Mexican religious context" (18). The introduction states that hymnody is an important window into the core of any culture or people: "It [hymnody] may, in fact, be the most universal way of rendering Christian worship. Examination of it gives a perspective on experience and understanding of God held by a Christian community, in other words, of its theology" (17).

Méndez takes a holistic approach to culture in this book, realizing that religion or religious expression cannot be totally isolated in a study like this. One must look at hymnody and its theology from the standpoint of its historical context. The book chapters draw on the religious background of Mexico and the context of Christian worship. …

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