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Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies

The Hillsong Movement Examined

You Call Me Out Upon the Waters

Editors: Riches, Tanya, Wagner, Tom (Eds.)

  • The first scholarly book on Hillsong Church
  • Brings together leading thinkers from a variety of disciplines
  • Assembled not only to be multi-disciplinary, but to speak to both scholars and the general public
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  • Due: October 24, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59656-3
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About this book

This interdisciplinary volume brings together leading writers and thinkers to provide a critique of a broad range of topics related to Hillsong Church. Hillsong is one of the most influential, visible, and (in some circles) controversial religious organizations/movements of the past thirty years. Although it has received significant attention from both the academy and the popular press, the vast majority of the scholarship lacks the scope and nuance necessary to understand the complexity of the movement, or its implications for the social, cultural, political, spiritual, and religious milieus it inhabits. This volume begins to redress this by filling important gaps in knowledge as well as introducing different audiences to new perspectives. In doing so, it enriches our understanding of one of the most influential Christian organizations of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. 

About the authors

Tanya Riches is a lecturer at Hillsong College, Sydney, and a researcher at the Centre for Disability Studies, an affiliate of The University of Sydney. She is an Australian songwriter and singer, whose first song was published by Hillsong Music Australia when she was fifteen years old. She has conducted three Hillsong choirs at two campuses (the City adult and youth choirs, and Hills youth choir), and administrated Hillsong’s United band for six years, during which time it achieved gold album status. Her MPhil thesis, entitled “Shout to the Lord: Music and change at Hillsong: 1996-2007,” charted the theological, musicological, and business change over ten years. She has published various articles on Hillsong Church, and to date, the only ABC Religion & Ethics opinion piece addressing this topic. She currently attends Hillsong Alexandria campus in Sydney.

Tom Wagner is an ethnomusicologist based in London. His PhD thesis, entitled “Hearing the ‘Hillsong Sound’: Music, Branding and Transcendence in the Religious Experience Economy,” is based on three years of participant observation conducted at Hillsong Church London from 2011-2014. To date, he has produced five scholarly articles on the movement and collaborated with The New York Times on two articles regarding the church. He has co-edited two previous volumes on congregational music and media. 

Reviews

“The best book on Hillsong I have read: we have history, probing cultural analysis, evaluation of music, brand, leadership style, ethical engagement and much more.  There is something here for everyone, and it casts light on 21st century as a whole.  A 'must read!”  (William K. Kay D.D., Professor of Theology (Emeritus), Wrexham Glyndŵr University, UK)

“Riches and Wagner have given us the go-to book on Hillsong. Their book provides the encyclopedia we’ve needed on this church and its worldwide impact. Unwilling to consider Hillsong from only a single methodological or topical viewpoint, The Hillsong Movement Examined provides an essential resource for a range of readers and researchers.” (Lester Ruth, Research Professor of Christian Worship, Duke Divinity School, USA)

“In an age of simple two- (sometimes one) dimensional stereotypes of contemporary Christian movements,  Tanya Riches and Tom Wagner have provided us with a richly multivalent resource focused on the Hillsong Church and the global Hillsong movement. Offering multiple points of entry and a variety of perspectives, this volume succeeds where so many others fail—by trying to start a fair and balanced conversation rather than end a conversation definitively. In terms of both contents and methods, this volume is a must read.” (Todd E. Johnson, Brehm Chair of Worship, Theology, and the Arts, Fuller Theological Seminary, USA)

Buy this book

eBook £52.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: October 24, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59656-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format:
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
Hardcover £66.99
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • Due: October 24, 2017
  • ISBN 978-3-319-59655-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Hillsong Movement Examined
Book Subtitle
You Call Me Out Upon the Waters
Editors
  • Tanya Riches
  • Tom Wagner
Series Title
Christianity and Renewal - Interdisciplinary Studies
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59656-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59656-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59655-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 279
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations
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