Hymns are a key component of how Christians express their faith. But many of these hymns do represent the rhythms and sensibilities of an older and largely agrarian world. Using the concept of “ambient rhetoric,” Adam Copeland suggests that it is time for other hymns that represent the ethos of daily life in an increasingly urbanized world, hymns that will speak to the realities of urban culture.
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Copeland, Adam J. “Sing a New Song to the City: Ambient Rhetoric and Urban Hymns.” Word & World 37, no. 1 (2017): 5–15. https://luthersem.idm.oclc.org/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rfh&AN=ATLAn4024806&site=ehost-live&scope=site.
Copeland, Adam J., "Sing a New Song to the City: Ambient Rhetoric and Urban Hymns" (2017). Faculty Publications. 60.